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      Tyrannosaur

      2011, Drama, 1h 31m

      87 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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      Tyrannosaur is a brutal, frank, and ultimately rewarding story of violent men seeking far-off redemption. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      An angry, violent alcoholic (Peter Mullan) finds respite with a devout woman (Olivia Colman) whose husband abuses her.

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Paddy Considine

      • Producer: Diarmid Scrimshaw

      • Writer: Paddy Considine

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $22.1K

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      • Distributor: Strand Releasing

      • Production Co: Warp X, Inflammable Films

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      • Jan 25, 2014

        Such violent manifestations, be them emotional, physical or psychological, most often carry a complex troubled background, and they are the most immediate remedies our soul can find to externalize our inner demons. When one is in such alarming state, the person becomes extremely dangerous to society, that same society that gave him/her birth. It is, therefore, impossible for that person to cope and to find an ideal place, because the state of mind is doomed to be volatile and destroyed. For such a person, it is equally easy to inflict violence just like it is easy for the soul to cry when you hear God's calling. Peter Mullan stars as Joseph, a man with no family and no valuable or healthy friends to help him fight against his inner demons. On the contrary, they contribute to his downward slowping spiral in a more subtle manner. But the world is the world, and it shall stay like that. The only options we have are either to stay strong, or to fall, like the song "Sing All Our Cares Away" by Damien Dempsey says. His counterpart is Hannah, a Christian owner of a charity shop. This is not a religious film. Rather, one of the topics present is how people stick to their believes and fight against any possible source that questions them. It also touches briefly how we are experts at judging the entire lives of people that we have never known with very little evidence. Truth is, we do not know anything about anybody. We do not even ourselves perfectly. We are a puzzle that we do not understand. That is why we need others, but most importantly, God. Paddy Considine directs a short array of characters in an extremely depressing film. The film is honest and very real, so those looking for an idealized story proceed with caution or stay away. Nevertheless, a proper emotional balance is created halfway through after the sequence of events have punished audiences enough, with a soothing scene that represents one of the few moments of joy in the film: <i>Michael's out of work Feels he's sinking in the murk He's unshaven and a mess Finds it hard some days to dress Stevie smashed the delf Cos he can't express himself He's consumed by rage Like his father at his age Rita's little child Has a lovely little smile But this means nothing to her father Because he's never even seen her We sing Sing all our cares away We'll live To fight another day Yeah, we sing Sing all our cares away Yeah, we'll live To love another day We grow strong from it all We grow strong Or we fall We grow strong!</i> 74/100

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      • Feb 26, 2013

        A devastating, emotionally exhausting film, directed and acted with such humour, sadness, and terrible beauty. A really unforgettable film. Paddy Considine is fantastic.

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      • Jan 05, 2013

        The shocking, gut-wrenching first 60 seconds continues on through the end. What makes it bearable to watch is that all of the aggressors are just as horrified by their own actions. There is no redemption found here, just a coping self-awareness of the controllable contributing factors.

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      • Aug 01, 2012

        Originally designed as a short, I can't help but feel it would of been better that way. The feature length 88minutes (although still short) begins to feel irksome. The performances were good and the script was an interesting, very subtle idea, but it could only go so far before I felt as if I stopped caring for the unlikeable, miserabalist characters. As most films of this genre have the cinematography was designed to feel realistic and increase the feeling of verisimilitude, it felt a bit like 'Snowtown' in that sense, but not as well done. 'Tyrannosaur' does have some interesting things to say but at some points you will just want it to shut up.

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