Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Film preview: Rewind

Rewind is a new Irish thriller starring Amy Huberman and Alan Leech. The story centres on Karen (Huberman), a woman leading a happy suburban life - until she's forced to confront the past she's been hiding. Well-acted, dramatic and not overly predictable, Rewind is enjoyable and worth seeing.

Huberman deservedly won an IFTA (Irish Film and Television Award) for her lead role. Leech also does a good job, creating a real sense of tension without resorting to hackneyed stereotypes or overplaying his character. Simon Delaney adds a lighter tone to the otherwise quite grim mood, keeping the setting more credible: this isn't some weird, dark version of modern Ireland; Karen's comfortable suburban life still exists if only she can return to it.

It's nice to see quality films like this being produced in Ireland. In many ways the plot could have been set anywhere, but I enjoyed the film a little more than I otherwise would have due to its setting and use of Irish actors.

Rewind opens in cinemas nationwide on March 25th and has a 15A certificate.


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