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Philip Ridley

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About the Movie

Jim Sturgess (21, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE) leads a hugely-talented ensemble cast in this sublime British psychological thriller from cult UK director Philip Ridley (THE REFLECTING SKIN, THE PASSION OF DARKLY NOON), who returns to the screen after a 14-year absence. The film follows Jamie Morgan (Sturgess), born with a disfiguring birthmark across his face, which leaves him an outcast in rough East London. While wandering abandoned yards taking photographs, he comes across a gang of thugs and soon discovers that they are something other than human. He then is led into a Faustian deal that will see him become a party to the terrifying chaos around him. Part DONNIE DARKO, part Guillermo del Toro, this dark urban tale takes its audience to the darkest and most violent corners of the human heart. The film also stars Clémence Poésy, Noel Clarke, Joseph Mawle, Eddie Marsan, Luke Treadaway and Timothy Spall, and was produced by Pippa Cross and Richard Raymond. The film recently won the Best Independent Film Award at the Toronto After Dark Festival.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 36
  • Fresh: 27
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It doesn't go anywhere special or much of anywhere, though it goes there in appreciably icky style. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Nov 18, 2010

Fresh: There's more mood than matter here, but suspenseful atmospherics effectively distract from minor plot holes. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Nov 15, 2010

Fresh: A highly imaginative if often darkly disturbing work that even at its most seemingly outlandish remains intriguing and involving. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Dec 9, 2010

Rotten: Heartless is as witless as its protagonist, whose willingness to make a pact with Satan is so knuckleheaded that his subsequent torment feels deserved. – Nick Schager, Slant Magazine, Nov 12, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A New Perspective

A great movie that uses an incredible element that is missed in most movies today. This movie branched off from the typical Horror, and brought a new twist to the film industry. This is by far one of my new favorite movies, and I am not a fan of ordinary, yet it stunned me. A great movie, and doesn't get the recognition it deserves. You need to at least watch it, or you'll miss the touching truth of the world today.
Besides the movie, the soundtrack is equally "magical".

This does not fit into the instant classics due to it's originality, but creates a new genre and sets the standard high. Must See!

Crazy good, also just crazy.

I loved the movie, but it was also one of the strangest films I've ever seen. I wouldn't say it's quite on par with Donnie Darko, but it is still creepy in the best possible way. There wasn't much of a plot, more so on the internal journey of the main character. I'd have to be a psychologist to say definitively what's going on in the movie, but I enjoyed it none the less. It's not a movie you'll learn a lesson from, or walk away from raving about the graphics, but it will make you think. And if you just sit back and let it take you in, without overanalyzing the plot, you'll be impressed by it. The acting was amazing, I'm a huge fan of Sturgess, his supporting cast was great, too. It's a movie I'll be passing along to my friends and will definitely watch it again.


Defiantly goin to watch. The black guy plays mikey on doctor who series 1-3 and a little part of 4

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 2010

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