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Second Coming

2014 1h 45m Drama List
79% Tomatometer 24 Reviews 36% Audience Score 100+ Ratings An unexplained pregnancy forces a husband to doubt his wife's faithfulness. Read More Read Less

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Shadow and Act Staff Shadow and Act Interesting if meandering... Sep 13, 2022 Full Review Wendy Okoi-Obuli indieWire "Second Coming" is very much a festival film (or stage play, or short film, or experimental TV film) with an amazing premise, brilliant cast, but which gives nothing away. Nov 20, 2018 Full Review Stephen Dalton Hollywood Reporter The premise is pregnant with promise, but the conception is far from immaculate. Nov 20, 2018 Full Review Josh Slater-Williams Vague Visages In contrast to some of his more showy, exuberant roles of late, Second Coming also acts as a reminder of Elba’s skill with quieter, more tender characters than those found in Luther or Pacific Rim. Nov 14, 2023 Full Review Ben Homewood NME (New Musical Express) Idris Elba is a compelling presence in this unflinching portrait of domestic discomfort. Rated: 3.5/5 Jun 4, 2021 Full Review Ben Nicholson CineVue An underlying tension persists, but Second Coming has much more to offer from quiet drama to moments of grace, not least in the stunning quality of light and engrossing performances. Rated: 4/5 Apr 5, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member The cast is excellent, the plot muddy, the editing purposely confusing. Could have been great. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member The DVD did not have a subtitle option. Watching a movie and being able to understand 5% of dialogue is absurd. I struggled through hoping to glean what the constant angst was about. as it is all the movie is. Tried to make sense of the title, but could not. After reading what was written here, it appears this was supposed to be the story of an immaculate conception. Really?? Maybe Jamaican or English people would readily comprehend the dialog. Anyone else, don't waste your time. You'll be filled with more angst than the characters in the film. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member I am as big a fan of gritty social drama with an undercurrent of magic realism as the next pretentious cineaste, but this was really very slow and understated indeed. The performances by the central mother and son are terrific though. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/14/18 Full Review frankie a Slow-moving and difficult to follow (definitely switch on subtitles because without them the cockney accent will make the difficult downright impossible), but it is marvelously acted with moody realism. Green's camera takes long, loving looks at faces and tableaus. Problem I found with it was the confusing narrative with really important questions left unanswered. When her coworker and friend asks Jax over and OVER to talk to her and explain what is going on, we wait for the answer and being shouting the same thing "What the eff is going on?!" at the screen, but nothing is forthcoming -- she won't give it up. It gets to the point where it begins to seem a distraction -- the narrative can't move on unless some important motivational questions are answered. Half way thru I just found myself lost -- she is pregnant and everyone seems to know it, as well as the husband, but then later he is enraged as if he just found out and he knows he is not the father. There is reference to this happening before (what...spontaneous pregnancy?....infidelity?), but with no specifics as to what happened four times before? As far as any reference to religious parallels, aside from the title and the fact that the pregnancy seems spontaneous, are we to believe she has not slept with a man other than her husband? Nothing is clear, at least to me -- perhaps it warrants a second viewing. Note has to be made about the boy, Kai Francis Lewis who plays the son -- he has great natural acting chops beyond his years and is a pleasure to watch. While the film could use a bit tighter editing, there is something so intimate about watching these people who you do care about that makes it worth sticking it out to the final reel, although I must say, the dénouement is the least fulfilling piece of the whole gives us an idyllic family life that certainly doesn't follow from the drama that went before. No explanation is given as to how this couple winds up at this serene place when they were at such irreconcilable depths for most of the movie. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review farah r It's a shame I wasted an hour watching this movie. Not only is it uneventful and slow to death, the ending is not revealed. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie is bull! It is so slow an the ending is not revealed. What do you think you are going to have a sequel or something? I couldn't even hear it. I had to put on the subtitles to wait for nothing. So disappointing. At least you get to look at Idris the only good take away ?? Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis An unexplained pregnancy forces a husband to doubt his wife's faithfulness.
Debbie Tucker Green
Polly Leys, Kate Norrish
Debbie Tucker Green
Production Co
British Film Institute
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
Feb 9, 2017
1h 45m
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