This dark British drama presents a mind numbingly brutal and bleak picture of the miserable lives of two people living in a not so much run-down but run-over council estate in Leeds, England.
For better or worse, the first half hour of Tyrannosaur rudely grabs the audience’s attention with beaten-down unemployed Scottish widower Joseph (Peter Mullan), kicking his dog to death, smashing a store window and picking a fight with three adolescents in a bar before being beaten unconscious himself.
In the meantime, we are introduced to our second protagonist Hannah (Olivia Colman), a horrifically abused wife of repulsive, pip-squeak James (Eddie Marsan), who urinates on her when she’s asleep, later raping and beating the crap out of her.
Other charming character swe are introduced to include a violent skinhead living opposite Joseph, who perpetually goads his pit-bull to attack his single-mother girlfriend’s child; and an assortment of borderline drunks, as well as other psychologically deficient characters.
Director Paddy Considine then tries to extract as much pity from the audience as possible by presenting them with the visible suffering of Hannah and Joseph through various stunning displays of abuse. Unfortunately, suffering gets confused with realism in this downer of a movie, which interminably drags and drones on until its very end.
At 91 minutes, Tyrannosaur still felt flabby with some painfully overdone scenes, including the funeral party, and rather than being profoundly moved by the movie I felt myself profoundly bored instead.
A dull slice of pain
- Rated: R
- Release Date: 10/7/2011
- Directed by: Paddy Considine
- Starring: Eddie Marsan, Ned Dennehy, Olivia Colman, Paul Popplewell, Peter Mullan, Sally Carman
- Produced by: Diarmid Scrimshaw, Mark Herbert
- Written by: Paddy Considine
- Studio: EM Media, Film4 Productions, Inflammable Films, Optimum Releasing, Screen Yorkshire, UK Film Council, Warp X