Friday, 20 May 2016

"The Silent Storm" (Guardian 20/05/16)

The Silent Storm **
Dir: Corinna McFarlane. With: Andrea Riseborough, Damian Lewis, Ross Anderson, John Sessions. 102 mins. Cert: 15

Corinna McFarlane’s 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.

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