Salvage

"Excellent"

Salvage Review


A sharp attention to character raises this freak-out thriller far above most examples of the genre. And besides featuring people we can actually identify with, the film itself is actually pretty terrifying.

On Christmas Eve, Jodie (Cocker) is dropped off to spend the holidays with her estranged mother Beth (McIntosh) in Liverpool. And their first meeting doesn't go well, as Beth is with a man, Kieran (Dooley), she only met the night before.

Jodie leaves to stay with a friend (Baglow), and before anyone knows what's happened, the neighbourhood is cordoned off by heavily armed commandos. Details are scarce, but a vicious killer is on the loose. As carnage spreads, Beth and Kieran are going to have to work together.

Beautifully shot in an insinuating, seductive, fiendishly witty style, director Gough gets us on edge from the start by letting us know that no one is safe. It helps that the performances are so natural, because the off-handed style makes even the most outrageous slasher-movie nuttiness feel eerily realistic. After establishing the murderous premise in the prologue, the film cleverly and effectively sets up the domestic situation before plunging everyone (including us) into frantic and seriously grisly horror.

McIntosh and Dooley are terrific as two people who hardly know each other and are trapped in a house together, each with their own preoccupations. Their interaction is fascinating, as they react in different ways to the perceived threat. There's a real sense that these people are truly shocked by the violence around them, rather than the way most movie characters react with vengeance, resilience or a sudden knowledge of military commando moves. These people are recognisably frightened and desperate, inventing unlikely explanations and only barely clinging to their sanity.

It's rare to see a film that continually refuses to let the characters fall back on stereotypes and cliches, so even though this one indulges in sometimes over-the-top grisliness, it feels fresh and unsettling, and it's utterly riveting. Not to mention genuinely scary. And some surprisingly bitter and nasty moments along the way are made even more potent by the carefully drawn interpersonal relationships.



Salvage

Facts and Figures

Genre: Horror/Suspense

Run time: 80 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 19th January 2006

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 38%
Fresh: 3 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 5.5 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Lawrence Gough

Producer: Julie Lau

Starring: Laureen Currie Lewis as Claire Parker, Cody Darbe as Jimmy, Chris Ferry as Duke Desmond, Maureen Olander as la mère de Claire, Jessica Delong as Jen, Sam Dahler as Sam, as le gardien, Jeff Crook as l'adjoint

Also starring: ,

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

A seriously impressive feature directing debut with a star-making central performance, this period British drama...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of...

The Promise Movie Review

The Promise Movie Review

The director of Hotel Rwanda, Terry George, turns to another humanitarian horror: the systematic murder...

Their Finest Movie Review

Their Finest Movie Review

Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches...

Unforgettable Movie Review

Unforgettable Movie Review

With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic...

The Belko Experiment Movie Review

The Belko Experiment Movie Review

The kill-or-die scenario that this movie hinges on isn't something new; it's been used in...

The Fate of the Furious Movie Review

The Fate of the Furious Movie Review

With the more dumbed-down title Fast & Furious 8 outside of North America, this overcrowded...

Advertisement
A Quiet Passion Movie Review

A Quiet Passion Movie Review

British writer-director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea) is an expert at digging beneath the...

The Sense of an Ending Movie Review

The Sense of an Ending Movie Review

Julian Barnes' Booker Prize-winning novel is adapted into a remarkably intelligent, gently involving film anchored...

The Boss Baby Movie Review

The Boss Baby Movie Review

There isn't a lot of subtlety in this madcap animated comedy, which is more aimed...

City of Tiny Lights Movie Review

City of Tiny Lights Movie Review

After the latest incarnation of Dredd, director Pete Travis shifts gears drastically for this complex...

Going in Style Movie Review

Going in Style Movie Review

This is only technically a remake of the iconic 1979 film starring movie icons George...

Graduation Movie Review

Graduation Movie Review

Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) recounts another staggeringly detailed...

Ghost in the Shell Movie Review

Ghost in the Shell Movie Review

This sci-fi thriller is so visually stunning that it deserves to be mentioned in the...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.