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Incendiary (2008)

A woman's life is forever changed when tragedy strikes at a soccer match.

Director:

Sharon Maguire

Writers:

Chris Cleave (novel), Sharon Maguire
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Williams ... Young Mother
Ewan McGregor ... Jasper Black
Matthew Macfadyen ... Terrence Butcher
Nicholas Gleaves ... Lenny
Sidney Johnston ... The Boy
Usman Khokhar Usman Khokhar ... The Bomber's Son
Sasha Behar Sasha Behar ... The Bomber's Wife
Ed Hughes ... Danny Walsh (as Edward Hughes)
Alibe Parsons Alibe Parsons ... Pearl
Stewart Wright ... Charlie
Al Ashton Al Ashton ... Male Survivor (as Al Hunter Ashton)
Benjamin Wilkin Benjamin Wilkin ... Young Policeman
Robin Berry Robin Berry ... Dazed Supporter
Mercy Ojelade Mercy Ojelade ... Nurse Mena
Joe Marshall Joe Marshall ... Gary / VT Man
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Grief, guilt, and betrayal. In North London, a young mother dotes on her four-year-old son and lives in a modest flat with her husband, a cop in the bomb squad. The Arsenal football team is their religion. On May Day, a major terrorist attack brings tragedy while she is in the arms of a rich reporter who lives over the road. She wishes she were dead. In grief and guilt, she pursues revenge, faces betrayal, experiences delusions, and may be suicidal. Two men seek her affection: the reporter and a colleague of her husband's who imagines caravan camping with her on a beach. In London, the city of the Great Fire and of Hitler's bombardment, is there any way back to life for her? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The truth can blow you apart.


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Rated R for a strong sex scene and brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The last feature film of Nicholas Courtney. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where her husband's boss is taking her to the memorial for the dead, her facial cuts are quite healed and well into the scarring stage. But a few minutes later in the scene where she's watching home movies, her facial cuts appear to be freshly scabbed over and quite irritated around the edges. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Boy: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Go...
The Boy: Mummy you blinked, I won.
Young Mother: Yes you did. Now in you get. Tomorrow we're going to the sea-side.
Young Mother: [narration - boy running on the beach] So, if I'm going to show you my life, better start here. My boy, in Camber Sands. Why this and why now? I'll come back to that.
The Boy: Mummy!
Young Mother: [narration] A force of nature was what the midwife called him when he came howling into this world four years ago. And he hasn't stopped since.
The Boy: Mummy!
Young Mother: [narration] Me and him spend a lot of time ...
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Connections

References The Yogi Bear Show (1961) See more »

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Balow, My Babe
English poem of anonymous authorship
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It's a bomb
9 March 2011 | by hall895See all my reviews

A young mother sees her husband and four-year old son off to a soccer match. She then goes home and puts the match on the television. As she watches there are explosions at the stadium. A terrorist attack kills her husband, who she didn't much like anyway, and her son, who she loved dearly, along with a thousand or so others. Oh, and as the young mother watches this unfold on the television screen she is at that moment having sex with another man.

This seems to set up a story about the young mother's guilt and grief. And there's some of that. But there's a bunch of other stuff too, none of which really works. There are conspiracy thriller elements which go practically nowhere. There are romantic entanglements as a couple of men who should really know better try to swoop in on the newly widowed young mother. In a portion of the film which strains credulity to the breaking point we see the young mother reach out to the son of one of the suicide bombers. The film goes off in so many different directions that it ends up being quite a mess. The young mother manages to hold herself together remarkably well given the circumstances. For a while anyway. But eventually she starts to crack and when she does the movie cracks too. At this point it is beyond repair.

If there is anything positive to say it is that, working from a rather lousy script, Michelle Williams still does remarkably well in the role of the young mother. Whatever little successes this movie has belong to Williams. Ewan McGregor is at least passable as one of her suitors. As the other Matthew Macfadyen is a total dud and he also draws the shortest straw, getting the absolute worst of all the film's terrible dialogue. Some of the things this character says are just laughably, impossibly bad. He speaks in a way human beings simply do not speak. The film aims for melodrama but misses the mark. The story doesn't really engage and it moves at a snail's pace. A story more focused on the mother herself and the way she coped with this tragedy might have worked. But this movie gets bogged down as it veers off in other directions. Williams does the best she can but her noble effort can't save this dud.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2008 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$304,127
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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