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Encounter - Riz Ahmed - Amazon Prime

  • 16-09-2021 5:37pm
    Registered Users Posts: 56,342 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson

    This is getting some really good buzz

    A decorated Marine goes on a rescue mission to save his two young sons from an unhuman threat. As their journey takes them in increasingly dangerous directions, the boys will need to leave their childhoods behind.

    Cinema release on December 3rd and Amazon release on December 10th.


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 25,535 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Dades

    Definitely will watch this.

    Riz Ahmed destined for greatness.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,098 ✭✭✭ ronano

    Destined? I think he's already hit it acting wise, if he's in something I'll give it a watch

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,821 ✭✭✭ flasher0030

    I only remember him from Ill Manors. Loved that film, even though it didnt warm to the critics I think. Have seen some other films apparently with him in it, but dont remember him - Bourne, Nightcrawler.

    Must watch Sound of metal. supposed to be good.

    Think Ill give city of tiny lights a go tonight, Love those London gang type films.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,641 ✭✭✭ billyhead

    He was brilliant in the sound of metal

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,729 ✭✭✭✭ ~Rebel~

    I'd love to see him given Bond. The perfect choice imo.

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  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,741 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp

    Caught this yesterday; it's on Prime now for anyone who had this one marked for viewing...

    I think the back half lost a good bit of the energy and momentum created at the start, but the emotional punch remained throughout, thanks to the three lead performances alone. Riz Ahmed was, as usual, magnetic, but the two child actors were phenomenal; it's debatable whether the movie would have worked at all were both children not so natural, so properly childlike in the face of adult crises - all in a manner many productions struggle to emulate. It was a great looking movie too; full of wild, lonely spaces, contrasted with claustrophobic close-ups of insect-infested interiors: this was not a film for anyone with entomophobia.

    Re the ending:

    The reveal that Malik was "only" suffering from a severe bout of untreated PTSD was a little glib and convenient - but the clues were there from the start, so I didn't feel cheated either. It didn't really matter in any case; that wasn't what the film was about - not really. The final shot, of father and son embracing in a desperate & loving hug, lit by a helicopter's light in the manner of a UFO abduction, was just beautiful.