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London is rocked by a shocking terrorist bombing in this dramatic thriller starring Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy, Brokeback Mountain) and Ewan McGregor, (Trainspotting, the Star Wars trilogy). Williams delivers a riveting and heart-felt performance as a young wife and mother who suffers a devastating loss in the attack...which occurs while she's meeting her secret lover (McGregor). Wracked with guilt and trying to piece her shattered life back together, she becomes embroiled in the police investigation of the attack - and discovers that the authorities will do anything to cover up the terrifying truth behind it..
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Our story develops. This young woman goes out to the bar occasionally at night and has the neighbor watch her child. It is here she meets and sleeps with Ewan McGregor. They start a sexual relationship and one weekend her husband takes the son to a soccer game. This same day Michelle has sex with Ewan and the game is on during it. There is a terrorist attack on the stadium and bombs explode. The mother sees this on tv while being in the vulnerable sexual position. She knows that her husband and son are at the game. It is at this point that her world falls apart. She goes to the stadium to try and find them and encounters hell on earth.
Critics seem to feel more should have been explained about the terrorism aspect but the fact that the country is a constant victim of these suicide bombers is a reality. This film is about the emotional impact all this has on the young wife/mother played by Michelle Williams. There is a lot of voiceover where she tells part of the story and the rest is pure emotion. Michelle Williams owns this films and displays 100% the acting chops that she possesses. She becomes this woman so completely that every plot line and everything that happens to her is heartwrenchingly believable. She falls apart, builds herself up for yet more downfalls. Ewan Mcgregor and Matthew MacFayden provide excellent support here but this is truly Ms. Williams fim.
The journey she takes you on is spellbinding and any loose plot lines that may exist become nonexistent as you experience them with her. Imagaine the pain and emotion involved with facing your worst fears and that is the ride Michelle Williams takes you on. I fould the blu ray presentation to be glorious. The 1080p video is electric and crisp with vibrant color and excellent flesh tones. Blacks and whites blend for awesome contrast. The audio is excellent. It is a dialogue driven film but there are some strong audio moments like the stadium explosion and these scenes are bewidering to view.
I highly recommend this film and blu ray. It is disturbing subject matter but tells an important tale on the effects terrorism can have on an average person. And you will also get a tour de force performance by Michelle Williams. She is proving to be one of our best actresses and this performance and film are not to be missed.