It’s time for another, terrible confession from my youth. When I was young, I used to do terrible things to ants. Magnifying glasses, cups of water, prisons built from Lego, electric cooker rings, boiling water, all were used to make life (and indeed death) an unpleasant experience for scores of these little creatures. (What am I saying? I hate the little bastards even now. They get everywhere and you can’t ever sit down in ‘the countryside’ without finding them trying to climb all over you. In fact they’re one of my three most hated animals. And let’s not forget the ‘Ant Wars’ that I had to fight in my home a few years ago and which I blogged about from the ‘front line’ at the time.) However, as a vegan, I do feel guilty about my feelings towards these clever little insects and my treatment of them, especially when I was young and wasn’t in the position of having to deal with a full ‘home invasion’ like I was a few years ago. I know growing-up is about learning, but I’m sure even at that age I knew that killing things wasn’t the nicest activity I could be spending my time indulging in. This film has a similar(ish) theme.
2007 – Certificate: 15
Rating Details: Strong violence and language, twice very strong.
This drama was originally made for Channel 4. Depending on your point of view, it’s either very clever or very disturbing, in the sense that it manages to put you very much on the side of the main character, a child, child-killer. I don’t suppose this is in many peoples’ comfort zone, especially when you consider the real life, high-profile murders like this that have happened over the past 20 years or so. It’s very easy to wish for these sorts of criminals to just go and rot in Hell, but this film does a great job of engaging your sympathy with someone exactly like that, which is what makes it quite uncomfortable viewing. More generally speaking, it’s nicely made and well acted. I don’t think it’s giving too much of the plot away to say that I was sitting there just waiting and waiting for him to get sussed out; it’s almost a relief when he does. With the exception of a few random plot holes and contrivances, it’s all pretty believable stuff. The ending is pretty intense too. As an added bonus, it’s got Steven Pacey in it, no lesser person than Tarrant from “Blakes 7”. The best TV programme, ever!
Recommended for people who like challenging drama. Not so good if you don’t like your preconceptions challenged.
No cats and no decapitations.
Top badass moment? Tough one this. Do I go for something involving the bad guy turned good, or the good guys turned bad? I know, I think I’ll just opt out and go for something a little different. A few scenes are shot at Alton Towers. Alton Towers is simply badass. Don’t. Look. Down.