The Fourth Angel (2001)


Director: John Irvin

Writer: Allan Scott (Screenplay) Robin Hunter (Novel)

Starring: Jeremy Irons, Forest Whitaker, Jason Priestley, Briony Glassco, Charlotte Rampling, Lois Maxwell, Timothy West


Plot: The Economist reporter Jack Elgin, a workaholic, takes his family on a working trip to India, where he is to interview the PM. But their US airplane is hijacked in Limassol (Cyprus) by the unknown August 15 terrorist movement, which ends up in a bloodbath. Jack can save his pre-teen son Andrew, literally in his arms, but his wife and daughter are among the slaughter victims. Western governments seem unwilling to go after the fiends, even hide the identity of a high-profile fatal victim. Although now a single father, Jack uses all his contacts and snooping skill to seek the truth himself. A London-based Serbian free newspaper editor sets him on the trail of four Balkanic killers, but is murdered. Jack decides to exact revenge himself, tipped-off by Sûreté-contact Dugay. Meanwhile US embassy official Davidson and FBI Special Agent Jules Bernard play a key part in the official, MI5-lead investigation, which ends up crossing Jack’s path.


Verdict: Slow Thriller


Story: The basic revenge motive is created well, but this is more about the cloak and dagger battle between the governments who want to push everything under the carpet. It is good seeing a normal man going to extreme lengths to get revenge for his family’s murder. But the truth be told it has aged really badly for a film that is just over 10 years old and the slow pace will not bring you in like the modern thrillers. (5/10)


Actor Review


Jeremy Irons: Jack the European journalist whose wife and two daughters are slaughtered in a terrorist attack, when he finds out the men responsible are free he starts to dig to uncover the truth and collect justice for himself. Good performance from Irons who isn’t known for this type of figure. (7/10)


Forest Whitaker: Jules the agent trying to find out who is killing the men behind the terrorist attack, he eventually teams up with Jack to uncover the full truth. Good supporting role but didn’t need to do much. (6/10)

Jason Priestley: Davidson a man who won’t give the answers to Jack but offers him information to solve the problems he is facing. Good supporting role but lack of screen time costs his characters try development. (5/10)


Director Review: John Irvin – Creates a slow moving thriller, that never quite pulls you in. (5/10)


Action: The action is only short when it happens and easily forgettable. (6/10)

Thriller: Doesn’t pull you in the way other revenge based films do. (6/10)

Settings: The settings don’t help the film unfold as well as they should. (5/10)

Suggestion: I would only suggest this to thriller fans to try I can’t see this appeal to the casual fans too much as it is too slow. (Thriller Fans Try)


Best Part: Warehouse sneak and shoot out.

Worst Part: Slow

Action Scene Of The Film: Train scene

Believability: (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline: Sometimes revenge is the only solution.


Overall: Slow Unrewarding Thriller


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