The conflict between family, belief and self-preservation collide in “Shadow Dancer” the latest from the chameleonic director James Marsh (“Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1980,” “Man On Wire,” “Project Nim“) and it looks like a firecracker.
Starring Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough and Gillian Anderson, and based on the novel by Tom Bradby, the story follows a single mother who is part of family of hardcore IRA members. When she is caught taking part in an failed bombing attempt, the MI5 offers her two choices: becoming an informant and spy on her own family, or get sent away to prison for twenty-five years. She agrees to the gig, but when suspicion is aroused, she finds her life in danger. It’s a pretty great little setup, and word from the Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered in January, was good — we called it a “crackling conspiracy thriller.”
The film has been picked up by ATO Pictures for a stateside release, but no date has been set. But if you’re in the U.K., the film opens on August 25th. Watch below. [HeyUGuys]
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