MONKEY REVIEW: The Living And The Dead

March 29, 2008

MILD SPOILERS CONTAINED HEREIN:

Unfortunate misfire about a bankrupted English lord who unwittingly leaves his schizophrenic son in charge of his desperately ill wife, with horrific consequences. Though ably acted (with a particularly fearless performance by Kate Fahy), the movie collapses into shrill, overwrought melodrama owing to a script that requires characters to behave in annoyingly foolish and often flat out unbelievable ways, i.e. the father leaving before the nurse he’s hired for his wife arrives, then that nurse that taking her time calling the police when clearly the situation demands immediate attention. Of course, if they did act sensibly, then the movie would be over that much more quickly. The climactic scene also strains credibility to the point of absurdity. The Living And The Dead is not without its effective moments, but I can’t recommend it.

MONKEY RATING: FOUR MONKEYS

(For a brief explanation of the Monkey Review rating system, click here.)

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