Deathwatch (2002)


Director: Michael J. Bassett

Writer: Michael J. Bassett (Screenplay)

Starring: Jamie Bell, Ruaidhri Conroy, Laurence Fox, Dean Lennox Kelly, Torden Liebrecht, Kris Marshall, Hans Matheson, Hugh O’Conor, Matthew Rhys, Andy Serkis, Hugo Speer


Plot: A group of soldiers in World War One Charlie Shakespeare (Bell), Colin Chevasse (Conroy), Bramwell Jennings (Fox), Willie McNess (Kelly), Barry Sharinski (Marshall), Jack Hawkstone (Matheson), Anthony Bradford (O’Conor), Doc Fairweather (Rhys), Thomas Quinn (Serkis) and David Tate (Speer) find an empty German trench, after investigating they find a couple of German soldiers one Friedrich (Liebrecht) warns them of an evil there. The group soon starts getting picked off one by one when a force of evil changes their environment, the platoon must group together to survive.


Verdict: British horror thriller

Story: The horrors of war have been told many times but horrors set during war are few and far between. This shows how the socially different men joined together to fight in war and how different people dealt with the war. The horror side of the story works well, but isn’t the most original. The thing that really gives this film some special is the change the characters go through as the events unfold. (9/10)


Actor Review: Jamie Bell – Charlie Shakespeare a 16 year old who lied to sign up to war and once there just doesn’t know how to react to the events of war. Good performances providing the face of innocence of war. (8/10)


Actor Review: Laurence Fox – Captain Bramwell Jennings is from a well off family and his personal status has gotten him a high ranking role in the war when he really is clueless to the horrors. Laurence does a great job in the role showing how a wealthy person was out of place in war. (8/10)

Actor Review: Andy Serkis – Thomas Quinn, the barbarian of the unit who enjoys the war and killing people. Serkis is great in the role playing it slightly over the top but effective. (8/10)


Actor Review: Hugh O’Conor – Anthony Bradford the trademark religious member of a unit who questions why they are at war but that soon changes. Good performance to create what seems like a good guy that quickly changes. (8/10)


Actor Review: Hugo Speer – David Tate the most experienced member of the unit who really should be running it, takes Shakespeare under his wing and tries to protect the unit. Good performance showing some much need authority. (8/10)

Director Review: Michael J. Bassett – Good debut behind the camera and has gone onto bigger projects. (8/10)


Horror: Great horror throughout. (9/10)

Thriller: Could have more suspense between the kills but some are well built up. (8/10)

Special Effects: Good special effects mostly with the kills. (9/10)

Believability: The horror of war and characters are real but what happens in the trench is not. (3/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: The setting makes this film special; it creates isolation as well as the horrors of war. (10/10)

Suggestion: I think this is one little horror gem that if you haven’t checked it out yet you really should do. If you don’t like horror this may not be for you. (Horror Fans Watch)


Best Part: The end

Worst Part: The characters slightly stereotyped

Action Scene Of The Film: The fight between Tate and Quinn

Kill Of The Film: Quinn

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: Could have one, but it would ruin the ending


Overall: Great British Horror


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