McFarlane. With: Andrea Riseborough, Damian Lewis, Ross Anderson, John Sessions.
102 mins. Cert: 15
gibbering Highland melodrama huffs and puffs around the turbulent marriage of
none-more-Presbyterian clergyman Damian Lewis and put-upon Andrea Riseborough.
Opening to prenatal hyperventilating, it rapidly ascends to the kingdom of
heaven-help-us once the Lord places strapping, poetry-quoting delinquent Ross
Anderson under their care. Handed a solitary note to hammer away on throughout,
both leads come to look terribly silly. A shirtless Lewis (representing “Punishment”)
drags a wooden framework across a beach (Christ!). Riseborough (“Forgiveness”)
wibbles through a midfilm magic mushroom interlude that finally brings some
colour – well, mud – to her cheeks. Considerable camp value, but everybody’s
looking for the Tipp-Ex with which to update their CVs. The Silent Storm opens in selected cinemas from today.