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Tyrannosaur (2012)

Peter Mullan , Olivia Colman , Paddy Considine  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan
  • Directors: Paddy Considine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0069UV0LS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,626 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Deeply moving! --Time Out New York

Powerful... Fantastic --Entertainment Weekly

A sledgehammer - swinging performance by Peter Mullen --Vanity Fair

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Tyrannosaur; follows the story of two lonely, damaged people brought together by circumstance. Joseph (Peter Mullan) is an unemployed widower, drinker, and a man crippled by his own volatile temperament and furious anger. Hannah (Olivia Colman) is a Christian worker at a charity shop, a respectable woman who appears wholesome and happy. When the pair is brought together, Hannah appears as Joseph s potential savior, someone who can temper his fury and offer him warmth, kindness and acceptance. As their story develops, Hannah s own secrets are revealed her relationship with husband James (Eddie Marsan) is violent and abusive and as events spiral out of control, Joseph becomes her source of succor and comfort.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleak but Honest February 4, 2012
Very rarely does a film so bleak, so prone to trample over its characters until they might not come back up, manage to avoid the usual melodrama and clichés we have come to expect and instead stay an honest, unflinching and powerful glimpse of two individuals, one too hard and the other too soft for the world, just trying to make it through the day. Peter Mullan gives one of the year's most destructive and powerful performances as Joseph, a widower who spends his time drinking, picking fights and experiencing bouts of anger that tends to come crashing down into paralyzing moments of regret. We understand he wants better for himself and could use a bit of redemption but it isn't an easy thing to achieve. However, he does find some solace in Hannah played by Olivia Colman who also gives one of the year's most devastating performances as a thrift store owner and born again Christian. Joseph feels drawn to her glow and the sort of warmth he has been looking for. Sadly she isn't who she seems because behind her smile is immense pain for she lives with an abusive husband who beats her. Hannah had hoped religion could be her savior but when that didn't work she turned to alcohol. At times Hannah and Joseph can seem total opposites but yet exactly the same. As we watch their relationship develop there are brief moments of hope and even a few laughs, but for me even they are incredibly emotional and at times almost moved me to tears. Considine's exploration into violence and rage is so gut wrenching and brutally honest that when good things happen you are glad but also very cautious because moods could change without warning and this fine line they walk is hard to watch. Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sucked in by the title, and glad ! June 15, 2012
Seriously... without a doubt... one of the deepest ,suspenseful, suck you into it movies I have ever seen.. This dark drama, is horrifying, sentimental, wonderful and I could go on and on.. A true test of ones emotional extremes.. Short side is I really liked it.. The acting is superb, it is 100 % believable and has NOTHING to do with pre-historic creatures, but centers on good old EMOTION. The strong dialect, is challenging at times to understand, but to me added such a fine quality to the production.. I never watch a movie twice, but the button at h u l u said replay, and I hit it.. The second time around I understood the words alot better..
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As real as it gets January 20, 2013
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Some people (possibly too many of us) do wake up on a daily basis to extremely tormented lives. I appreciate the film's unapologetic realism that life, despite good intentions and best efforts, is simply life. Human beings are strong and frail and perverse. We're naturally offensive, and will break the rules designed to keep us morally and socially controlled. We snap and break under the pressure of our own demons and the insanity of those around us. We love and we hurt even when we claim indifference. We devolve and we evolve, swimming rebelliously and furiously against the strength of life's undercurrents. We go through cycles of progression and regression, climbing and falling over and over again. In our most secretive places, we're simply human. This film is not about animal cruelty, alcoholism, domestic violence, race wars, class wars, or living in a past that is lost in the present. This film is about how we are bound one to the other in the strangeness of oddly-shaped pieces that fit together to tell one of an infinite number of stories that weave and interlock in the puzzle of life.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense movie, very well done May 4, 2012
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This movie stays with you after watching it, or at least it did us. It's not a feel-good, laugh type of movie, it is pretty dark and has some very depressing moments in it. We started watching it after renting it through the mail, but it did not have subtitles on it and was impossible for us to understand with the thick accents but thankfully we found it through streaming that did have subtitles and we were able to finish it. It is a good movie, well-written, great casting on it and the acting was excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard movie to watch, but worth the effort September 15, 2013
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This movie packs a punch. I like movies that make you feel. This was one of them. Worth the watch.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Powerful, Disturbing Movie April 22, 2012
I just watched this movie for the first time On Demand on my tv last night, and it was a very powerful, disturbing movie. In fact this movie, along with Take Shelter, another independent movie are two of the best movies I've seen this year.

Tyrannosaur is a movie full of anger and redemption, and it did not disappoint. The acting, screenwriting and directing of this movie, not to mention the soundtrack were all A+. The story of a man so beaten down by his own anger at himself and the world, and an abused charity-shop worker mesh together in a way that left me thinking about this movie for hours.

I just had to come on amazon and give a review before purchasing this. I don't want to give any spoilers, but if you, like me, appreciate stories of the human condition and the spirit of redemption, you must watch this. Another keeper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough human interest story September 4, 2013
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Serious topics covered: alcoholism, spousal abuse/rape, religion, death, redemption, etc. There are several very violent segments. Not for the faint of heart. Gritty and authentic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, brutal, very well done...
This film isn't for everybody...tough themes, harsh environment, violent, etc..
However, it's extremely well acted, poignant, and sticks with you for some time. Read more
Published 21 days ago by flandog
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible acting
Not easy to watch but so powerful. Days after this still haunts me. The acting, the story and the direction are completely compelling. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Viki Tracey
3.0 out of 5 stars Bleak Picture of Contemporary Life in an Unnamed Northern British City
TYRANNOSAUR offers a bleak picture of life in contemporary Britain. Joseph (Peter Mullan) is unemployed, with a tendency towards violence, who has contributed in no small part to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth It
I want to give this 5 starts, and I might in a month or two once the movie has 'worn off'. This movie is dark. DARK. D-A-R-K. Read more
Published 7 months ago by G Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful!!
A little hard to watch at some points, but all in all a fantastic powerful movie. The title is very deceiving.
Published 7 months ago by Cabledawg01
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful exploration of people.
It is a wonderful exhibit of the two sides of human nature, the angry side and the heart filled side. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Very dark, but stick with it.
This movie is so bleak that you're tempted to shut it off after 20 minutes. But don't. Tremendous character development takes over, and by the end you've witnessed a beautiful grey... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lee Herman
3.0 out of 5 stars not unlike one of the world's best collection of bottle caps...has its...
the tyrannosaur is alcoholic psychopath played in an unintelligible mumble by mullan...and many or most of us have already encountered some variety of him... Read more
Published 8 months ago by dax
3.0 out of 5 stars good
Might be too real for some.
very sad Have to be in the right mood. Stupid that we have to write so many words
Published 8 months ago by June OConnor
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK....!!!!
The acting is very good, the story seems to be very original, the end is not quite definitive even though you kind of guess the outcome.
overall I enjoyed it
Published 9 months ago by El Torogoz
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