Shallow Grave


Action / Crime / Thriller

Plot summary

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Peter Mullan Photo
Peter Mullan as Andy
Ewan McGregor Photo
Ewan McGregor as Alex Law
Christopher Eccleston Photo
Christopher Eccleston as David Stephens
Ken Stott Photo
Ken Stott as Detective Inspector McCall
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699.58 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 29 min
P/S 1 / 2
1.43 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 29 min
P/S 3 / 11

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Quinoa19848 / 10

engrossing as much as off-putting, psychologically interesting and thrilling, well done

Shallow Grave, the debut film from director Danny Boyle (also from his fellow producer and screenwriter from other films he made in the 90s),has a fatalistic edge to it, but where it will really go is anyone's guess. It's practically impossible to identify with these three main characters- Kerry Fox as Juliet, Christopher Eccleston as David, and Ewan McGregor as Alex- as they're all cynical and sarcastic to the bone, rarely sympathetic, and friends through and through. The latter part might be a little more recognizable in such a very easy kind of story for these characters, who after finding their new roommate dead in his room have to 'take care' of the situation. This becomes further complicated, both practically and morally, when a suitcase of money is found from the ex-roomer. This is at the core something of a simple dilemma kind of issue tale that could fit very easily onto a kid's show (minus all the death of course, as finding-money was also used in Boyle's film Millions). But Shallow Grave also happens to have the ingredients for a horror film as well as film-noir, tragedy as much as thriller, with bits of pitch-black comedy thrown in for good measure.

One of the cool, unnerving things about the film as well is how, after a while, you can't really be sure who's really sane or not. But even as it is a story of friends, it is more closer to being Eccleston's movie, as a character who goes through the darkest change out of the three of them. He starts out as the sanest of the uptight middle class three, or at least the most reasonable when the circumstances strike up. But through grisly turns of events, he becomes the most un-balanced of the bunch, and Boyle is able to get with his DP Brian Tufano some really powerful moments visually up in the attic. As further complications go on, it becomes not really a tale of morality but one of keeping a bond that is breaking always. But the psychological turns are made better, and not too circumspect or dumb, by the actors. In truth, some of what the characters decide and then go through is a bit too implausible even for a thematically violent film like this. But it's a fresh showcase for all three actors for their gifts- McGregor's Alex seems like a sociopath through most of the film, and his change doesn't make him more likable but still very intense by the acting. Eccleston has what should be one of the performances of his career as the mild-mannered and then loose-edged flat-mate. And Kerry Fox is good, if a little typical as the lady of the house. Her own role in the film is further complicated by lustful intentions and all that- she could be considered a femme fatale if it were that easy.

And Shallow Grave is, above all else, a very good film at style trumping the substance, which itself isn't that bad as being B-movie fare, to which he would put to best use with Trainspotting. Here I'm reminded of the cinematic freedom and inventiveness taken in such 'pulp' matter by first time filmmakers in the 90s, and even in the story's weakest points (and there are a few in due to logic and the dialog sometimes) it's never boring. There's a cringe/funny kind of scene with Alex and Juliet using some new merchandise for some lewd and f***ed up purposes, and it's filmed in a perfectly amateurish way. And in dealing with the more disturbing subject matter, it helps that Boyle and writer John Hodge only show what is necessary (i.e. some of the 'grave' scenes) so that it doesn't become stale or with that sort of kick needed for the material. By the end, too, as in other noir stories, there is a twist that comes, but it isn't even much expected as the characters have met their fates. But it has the advantage of not being a cop-out either. Shallow Grave is, when it comes down to it, that splendid of things- a directorial calling card that speaks to his skills with actors (more so in casting to a T),mixing comedy and drama, and hip use of camera-work. Nothing really 'deep' or great, but it's a nifty little midnight movie from merry old England. 8.5/10

Reviewed by classicsoncall6 / 10

"When you get up in the morning, how do you decide what shade of black to wear?"

For a film billed as a horror movie, I didn't find it to have much suspense at all. In fact, I thought it was pretty boring. But my main problem with the story had to do with the roommate who died leaving behind a suitcase full of money. OK, so what compelling reason was there for the other three tenants to take the corpse in the woods and hack it to pieces before burying it? The death of Hugo (Keith Allen) was not the result of any crime or illegal activity, so why not just call the police to report the incident? They weren't on the hook for the money, so why put themselves in all kind of legal jeopardy in a futile attempt to hide the body? It just didn't make sense to me. Hide the money until the coroner comes by and the corpse is taken off to the morgue. Sounds pretty simple to me.

As long as that incomprehensible decision was made, I did like the way the two thugs who broke into the apartment were dealt with by David (Christopher Eccleston). There again though, where was the exposition on how the bad guys located the apartment and connected the three roommates with the missing money? All you have to do is think this through to realize that the story doesn't hold up very well in the credibility department. Taking things full circle with the suspicious roomies turning on each other worked well enough I guess, and the twist ending with the money under the floorboards where Alex (Ewan McGregor) was stabbed was pretty clever. But with all the other questionable stuff going on, this one just doesn't hold up either as a horror flick or a thriller.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle8 / 10

Danny Boyle's brilliant big screen debut

Juliet Miller (Kerry Fox),David Stephens (Christopher Eccleston),and Alex Law (Ewan McGregor) are three flatmates looking for someone to rent the fourth room. They are all sarcastic, sharp-tongued, and generally mean-spirited. They agree on the charismatic Hugo (Keith Allen) but don't know his criminal activities. When they discover his dead body, they also find a suitcase full of money.

Before Danny Boyle's breakthrough movie 'Trainspotting', this is his first big screen debut. The leads are not likable. They are all unlikeable selfish untrustworthy jerks. It's dark. It has three amazing performances. And it has a great Hitchcockian style. It is sharp and brilliant. It has some funny moments especially as they skewer the roommate interviews. It builds up to great tension. It's just good dark fun.

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