Tonight You're Mine
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2012
I had to order this dvd (under its original title "You Instead") from the uk and it only would play in my laptop. Finally its being released to where I can watch it normally.
Its a very predictable story, yes. Alot of people aren't going to like it because of that. It moves at a odd pace for a movie. Frankly it moves more like real life. Its set at a music festival and apparently every scene was filmed in one shot. It has a very natural flow in that sense but is not hollywood and your basically seeing a video tape of these two dragging each other around and all that takes place with them.
2 rival bands get into it at a festival and a security guard decides to hand cuff the 2 singers together to stick it out for the rest of the night. The two are racing around trying to find a way to separate themselves to they can go on as planned but they wind up falling in love.
I love the music and the general spirit of the film. You also get to see some of natalia tenas musical talents (she has a band in real life called "molotov jukebox" their pretty great if you like gypsy steam punk which i do) . Id recommend it to fans of the indie genre and harry potter fans (because she played tonks). I say indie fans because most people that love structured big budget hollywood film aren't going to like this. Its a matter of expectation. Some people want frills you don't just find in small budget film. I like the rawness of it. Me, I could watch it every week. I love the spirit of it.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2012
"If musicians can't get along what hope we got?" After Morello (Tena) shakes Adam's (Treadway) car in order to make him stop playing guitar they start to fight. When a security guard drives by and sees them he decides the only way to make them get along is to handcuff them together. That sounds bad enough but they are at a music festival and are both scheduled to play and no one knows where the key is. For those that have been following my reviews you may have noticed that I am not a fan of cheesy, predictable, un-original movies. This movie is an exception to that rule. Five minutes in the two are handcuffed together and after about 6 minutes you know how it will end. That said it is still very entertaining and really fun to watch. The music is actually really good as well and the song where the sample "Tainted Love" is great. This is nothing more then a cheesy predictable love story but even so I enjoyed it and I recommend it. Overall, nothing new and won't keep you guessing but this is still very much worth seeing. I really liked it. I give it an B+.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2013
This film was shot live over a weekend at a Scottish music festival. It has a documentary feel, following a set of rock musicians with a jumpy cam, so-so audio and shots of real festival-goers. The bones of the plot are basic: antagonistic guy and girl are forced to spend time together and fall in love. But it's set up in such a whimsical way, with rich views into the lifestyle of performing rock musicians (and their fans), that the end result is absorbing and satisfying. It has a 1960s Woodstock quality, with Scottish festival fashion, a bit of hipster existentialism, and some magical scenes that can only come from following people around with a camera all night.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2013
Yes, this movie is a bit predictable on the 'love story' side of things, however, it tells you that in the trailer, so no surprises there. Where this film excels is in its setting, an actual live music festival which infuses the movie with an authenticity that makes you long for your hunter boots and a guitar. The music is absolutely incredible as well and part of the live-experience. Musicians that you may actually recognize make cameos and the transition from stage performance to background music is seamless and a joy for your ears. If you love music and can appreciate a movie that is meant to be an experience, then you won't be disappointed.

Side note: the soundtrack is crap and none of the songs actually sound like they do within the movie, which is a huge disappointment since there are such gems throughout such as the random girl in a yurt with a guitar.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This movie caught me completely by surprise! I've been watching a lot of British movies and kept seeing this one on trailers so finally decided to check it out and all I can say is WOW!!! Its a very simple film, only 116 min long, but its a very uplifting story. The main premise is two very different musicians get handcuffed together during a film festival and have to work together to accomplish things. I actually met Natalia Tena and she signed this movie for me which makes me enjoy her work even more because she is truely an awesome person :) For anyone who wants to enjoy a simple beautiful story, then Tonight You're Mine is for you :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2013
I love this movie, it is my new favorite. Yes, one knows how it will turn end, but getting there is amazing. Filmed in 5 days during an actual music festival, the time was not there to make sure every scene and take were perfect, so there is a feel of realness to it.
Music was incredible and I love the scenes of actual concert goers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2013
great flick out of uk, loved the music and felt as tho we were really at T-in-the-Park!!!!
Worth the purchase!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon November 27, 2012
From the opening scenes you pretty much know where this non-traditional romantic comedy is going to go. But then that's the case most of the time. Originally released in Europe in 2011 as "You Instead," it is set at the T in the Park music festival in Scotland.

A well-known rocker played by Luke Treadaway ("Attack the Block") is half of a 2-man band known as "The Make." He gets into a minor scuffle with the lead singer (Natalia Tena, "Harry Potter" films) of an all-girl band known as "Dirty Pink." After a happy-go-lucky backstage preacher comically hand-cuffs them together, the fun begins.

Both Adam (Treadaway) and Morello (Tena) have romantic partners who are confused as to why the handcuffs can't be removed. Me too, but the "preacher" has disappeared with the key and the cuffs are made of hardened steel. There are no bolt cutters around and a hammer and screwdriver won't get it done. With the couple's model girlfriend and banker boyfriend in tow most of the time, the film has plenty of funny moments.

One of the highlights involves "Dirty Pink's" concert performance. Still cuffed, Adam sits next to Morello, who is the keyboard player. The band is rocking to one of their songs, when Adam reaches over to play a couple iconic notes from "Soft Cell's" "Tainted Love." This eventually leads to a rousing mash-up of the two songs. From there on, the couple's distaste for each other begins to change.

Granted some of the dialog in the film borders on amateurish, but that is also some of the charm. Shot convincingly during the actual music festival, the film feels authentic. The characters aren't always likeable, but they grow on you. The movie is a brisk 80 minutes and a goodly chunk of it is actual music performances by the two bands and others. Some of which I've actually heard of. I'll be searching out the soundtrack which includes Gloria Jones original 1965 version of "Tainted Love." It's all good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
While having an argument in a Scottish music festival, Adam (Luke Treadaway, twin of "Brothers of the Head"), a young and popular rock star and Morello (Natalia Tena, Nymphadora Tonks of "Harry Potter" series), a keyboardist/singer of an aspiring all-girl band, get handcuffed to each other by a stranger. Being tied to someone you don't like is already painful, but this is made more inconvenient by the fact that Adam and Morello have a girlfriend / boyfriend to meet. And Morello has to sing on stage in a few hours.

A light-hearted romance "You Instead" (US title "Tonight You're Mine") is most notable for the way it was made. The film was shot on location, at the real T in the Park Festival in 2010. The audiences and musicians are all real, and so are the muddy ground and a lit up Ferris wheel. Everything in the film including the professional actors looks authentic. And the filmmakers had to shoot everything in five days.

I know these things, but still I have to say this. For all the likable leads, energetic live performances, and the real sound and crowd that fill the screen, "You Instead" sometimes looks empty, with a thin story that is drawn out and diluted. Directed by David MacKenzie ("Yong Adam" "Perfect Sense"), the film certainly captures the atmosphere of the music festival, but not the romance it tries to follow.

It is a pity for the two leads so good, especially in the sequence where they perform a Soft Cell hit "Tainted Love." It's charming and fun. The film simply needs more of that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2012
Enjoyed watching this film on a late Friday night coming home from a long exhausting week. It wasn't too deep and it was exactly what I needed. Filming at an actual concert made me long for those long weekend music festivals.
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