“The bomb is an excellent image for Shadow Dancer. On its own, it rests on a table not harming anyone. It takes time and a catalyst to kill, but it’s the ticking that will drive you mad.”
That’s from my review of James Marsh‘s IRA film at last year’s Berlinale where it calmly played out in spite of its incredibly dangerous web of deceits. In it, Collete McVeigh (Andrea Riseborough) becomes an informant to MI5 in order to protect her son. She’s the daughter/sister/aunt of an Irish family at the core of the bomb-placing terrorist organization (and Collete doesn’t have clean hands herself). Mac (Clive Owen) is the lawman who recruits her, placing her into a fearful position of living with those she betrays. As you can tell, every strand of that web is actually a fuse.
Now the film has a smoldering trailer. Enjoy the intensity for yourself:
Shadow Dancer is, thankfully, finally seeing theaters on May 31st.