Adam, Dir: David Mackenzie - Cert: 18
really only one word to describe this bleak.
Not that its without merit, after all, Ewan McGregor delivers one
of the strongest performances of his career to date and Tilda Swinton
too is eminently convincing as the put upon housewife or in this
case bargewife Ella Gault.
The story revolves around the discovery of a young womans body found
by Joe (McGregor) and the alcoholically challenged husband of Ella, Les
(Peter Mullan) whilst going about their daily business in the murky depths
of an Edinburgh canal.
As the story unfolds, we learn that Joe may in fact know more than he
is letting on about the gruesome circumstances in which the deceased came
to meet her maker.
This is a rather dark and broody film that features copious scenes of
a carnal nature. That said, nobody could accuse the makers of being gratuitous
here these moments are as gritty and joyless as indeed the rest
of the movie is.
Dont get me wrong here this is a well made, cleverly shot
drama and McGregor portrays a truly despicable character intensely well.
I think we could have done without the screen length full frontal shot
though Ewan put me right off my lunch that did.
Anyway, this is worth seeing for some sterling performances, but the whole
thing is just so gloomy that its difficult to like it that much.
Still, it does at least stick two fingers up at those contrived and frankly
unbelievable Hollwyood endings that we have become so accustomed too,
and for that, at least, it deserves some credit.
One final footnote here if anyone has any idea why on earth this
film was called Young Adam, please mail us at Atomicduster
and let us know! None of the characters are called Adam, and neither is
the barge. Baffled? I am. 6/10