Young Hallam is almost over the sudden death of his mother when he begins to suspect that his beautiful step-mother may have had a hand in her death. Fleeing his family for Edinburgh, he lives on the rooftops of the Capital, where his new-found obsession with Voyeurism takes a dangerous turn as he falls in love with a girl who happens to look just like his mother.
Jamie Bell is wasted in this peculiar film as a deeply disturbed young man with murderous and voyeuristic tendancies. Weak storyline which goes nowhere. I persevered to the end of the film but got close to giving up on it and switching off a couple of times.
Yet More Publically-funded Scottishness
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Yet another Scottish film getting huge chunks of public money (via the Film Council, FilmFour and The Lottery). Scotland's population is 10% of the UK's and yet it seems to get 20-25% of the funding. This needs to be addressed - for the sake of all the Welsh and English film-makers who are losing out because of policies of the Scottish Raj in London. Scotland already gets 10% more pubic funding than England and Wales, so I have no idea why the Scots are always such whingers (they would be if they got double the money, of course)..................Anyway, the film. Pretty boring, best suited to TV. A little inconsequential story - with wish fulfillment fantasy-line adolescent sex storyline, almost like the ones that used to be in porno mags. Pretty views of Edinburgh. Best of all - some really interesting and oft-unheard indie music on the soundtrack. The acting is fine. The accents not to strong (it's not Glassgie...). But why? Why was this film made? I see the director and writers are part of that clique that tend to get lots of BBC commissions and public funding. It's based on a book - a graphic novel? Anyway, this should have been a BBC 2 drama, not a publically funded movie - it is essentially uncinematic. And credulity was stretched to breaking point too. 2.5 out of 5, rounded up to 3 (and over 1 of that is for the music).
Jamie Bell with a peculiar Scottish accent playing a disturbed teenager who is convinced his mother was killed by the stepmother, so he retreats to his own nest away from the family becoming a voyeur. When he moves to Edinburgh this way of living continues until he meets someone who looks like his death mother. Good acting and another Scottish movie with strong language, which seems to be too strong for the censors in London.
I found this quite enjoyable- Jamie Bell is in fine spiky form as the bereaved “hero” who is at war with the world after the death of his mother. His Hallam seems to carry the world on his shoulders, and his twisted posture and feisty attitude hint at his inner torment- quite a surprise, then, that he manages to pull off trysts with not one but two glamorous women (one admittedly a bit close to home!). Despite the unlikelihood of this, though, it’s a fresh and bracing addition to the anguished-teen-learning-about-life genre, and the rooftops of Edinburgh make a great setting for Hallam’s adventures.