Director: Jesper W Nielsen
Writer: Christian Torpe (Screenplay) Christian Jungersen (Novel)
Starring: Danica Curcic, Amanda Collin, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Lene Maria Christensen, Olaf Johannessen
Plot: Four women work together at a small NGO in Copenhagen that specialises in genocide. When two of them receive death threats, they suspect a Serbian war criminal; but then they start suspecting and turning against each other.
Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
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Story: The Exception starts as we meet the four women Iben (Curcic), Malene (Collin), Anne-Lise (Knudsen) and Camilla (Christensen) who are working in Copenhagen on working exposing the truth behind genocides by the Serbian war criminals, with their latest work exposing Mirko Zigic (Veselko) one of the most violent of all.
When one of the women receives a death threat, the women soon start to turn on each other, when they are looking for the truth, before learning who is really behind the leak and who has the connection to everything.
Thoughts on The Exception
Characters & Performances – Iben is part of the team investigating genocide, she is the one that will remain in contact with all three other members of the team, no matter what is going on, making sure she doesn’t jump to conclusions, while having her own darker past about what she has been through while reporting. Malene is the closest friend to Iben, she starts to suspect one of the other women early on with her connection holding the truth. Anne-Lise is the one that will spend more time away from the rest, she starts to feel isolated and is considered a threat, even though she ends up uncovering the most about what is happening. Camilla is the fourth member of the team, she often just gets on with her work, while she knows more than she wants to let on. The four leading women are all wonderful to watch, showing the intensity they find themselves thrown into.
Story – The story here follows four women that are working to expose a war criminal that committed genocide, when they find themselves fighting within, while learning the truth about their connections. This story does start by looking like a basic investigation into war criminals, it is interesting to see how they are looking for the truth, but when they start turning on each other, we are thrown into a web of twists that constantly keep us on edge, wondering what could be revealed next. By keeping us guessing we are left to try and piece together the truth in a way we wouldn’t expect to see coming.
Themes – The Exception is a thriller that is filled with twists that will keep each character in a form of peril, as we don’t know the truth about who might be after them.
Final Thoughts – The Exception is a tense thriller that will keep you guessing, with four wonderful lead performances.
The Exception will released across all major UK Digital Platforms on 22nd January including iTunes, AppleTV, Sky Store, Google Play, Amazon, Virgin, Curzon Home Cinema & Chili (& BT on rental only from 1st Feb)
Writer: J.C. Lee, Julius Onah (Screenplay) J.C. Lee (Play)
Starring: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr, Tim Roth, Norbert Leo Butz, Andrea Bang
Plot: A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.
Tagline – The Truth Has Many Faces
Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes
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Story: Luce starts as we meet all-star student Luce Edgar (Harrison Jr) on the verge of a bright future, his adopted parents Amy (Watts) and Peter (Roth) are proud of him and how much he has achieved since they adopted him from war-torn Eritrea.
After an incident at school, one of the teachers Harriet Wilson (Spencer) discovers fireworks in Luce’s locker, which leads to a loss of trust between the family, teacher and questions circling around Luce’s past.
Thoughts on Luce
Characters – Luce is the model student, top of the class, sports star, the popular student with a bright future, he is refugee from Eritrea who was given a home in America, where he builds this future, he is close with his teammates, which sees them sharing lookers. He starts to clash with one of his teachers, which sees him clashing with his parents, while always staying one step ahead of the adults with stories that cover up any truths. Harriet Wilson is the teacher that clashes with Luce, she believes he has a secret that could expose his true motivations in life, while she is balancing the personal problems at home, she gets to a level which seems desperate. Amy is Luce’s adopted mother, she has always looked to create the best life for him, believing he will have a future he never imagined from his previous life. Peter is the father that always wanted to be a father, he has been happy with how Luce turned out, but deep down, he has always wondered about the connection he would have had with a child of his own.
Performances – Kelvin Harrison Jr is outstanding in the leading role, showing the pure confidence his character has in his action, while using this to hold himself together. Octavia Spencer is great too, showing how committed to making a change a teacher can be. Naomi Watts and Tim Roth shine in the parental roles, always wanting to make sure they are around for their new son.
Story – The story here follows a star student that sudden starts getting targeted by one of his teachers, he is trying to stay ahead of the accusation, while preparing for his graduation speech, leaving us wondering why he is being targeted. This story is one that is covered in tension, we know something has happened for the events of the film to be unfolding the way they are, we are left to wonder just what caused these changes, made everyone react the way they are. We get the important messages being put forward too. The story will see us believing we know what is happening, only for everything to get turned on its head.
Mystery – The film creates a mystery, which is truly brilliant to watch unfold, we won’t get the answers easily and are constantly kept guessing.
Settings – The film uses the everyday locations that a student and teacher would have, where they will see how their lives can crossover and create something bigger in life.
Scene of the Movie – Get out of my house.
Final Thoughts – This is a clever smart mystery that will spend the whole time keeping us guessing as to what will happen next, leaving us shocked with the truth.
Overall: Clever Mystery.