Burke & Hare
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It is a comedic interpretation in every way possible from slapstick to high humor to incompetence. It is also dark given the people chosen to be dispatched with and the methods used. At times you feel sympathetic toward Burke and Hare and at times disgust at the complicity at all levels of society - with money often the source of "looking the other way".
BURKE AND HARE is a dark satirical comedy. The title characters are murderers, but the script really makes one sympathize with them.Read more ›
The film chronicles the 1828 exploits of Mssrs. Burke and Hare, who turned the provision of dead bodies for medical research into a demented and starkly illegal Shark Tank opportunity well ahead of its time. As a period piece Burke and Hare survives minimally, but the dialog is a stitch and the goofy interplay between Pegg and Serkis, as well as the sight gags, make for a truly fun entertainment interrupted occasionally by scatological humor including gross visuals of rotting or dismembered humans.
Some reviewers upset at the "trivialization" of murder are indeed missing the point. Whereas "Burke and Hare" spends little dramatic energy focusing on the true consequences of such heinous pursuits, it's not the first time a movie or play took on the macabre- Sweeney Todd anyone?
At times broadly comedic, the last third of the movie invokes both conscience and a budding romantic relationship (which fuels the murderous indiscretions). While not necessarily a "happy" ending in the true sense, it's nevertheless an enjoyable and heartfelt ride.
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A pair of grifters (Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis) take to serial murder in order to supply cadavers to medical colleges in 1830s Edinburgh and line their own pockets--but really they... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Bonesteel
Excellent historical family entertainment! A quality historical medical drama. Makes you want to get into the medical supply business and help students learn!Published 8 months ago by Lewis E. Aliff Jr.
If you are looking for another Simon Pegg movie because you love the others- pass on this one-Published 10 months ago by David Scott Meade
Come on Simon Pegg, you CAN make another good film. We know you can. Stop making terrible choices.Published 12 months ago by Arlo Barlow
I'm have a bias, anything with Simon Pegg is a grantee for a great movie.Published 15 months ago by JAY