“My Policeman”, a new drama currently available on Prime Video, is an enjoyable and thought-provoking story about the ramifications of a traumatic event and the effects it has on the lives of those who witnessed it. The arrival of Patrick into Marion and Tom’s home triggers the exploration of seismic events from 40 years previously. Through their eyes, we are introduced to all sorts of interesting moral dilemmas as they wrestle with what – if anything – they can do to change things for themselves in the present day when all they want is to understand what happened four decades ago.
Release Date: October 21, 2022
Country: United States
Running Time: 113 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.5/10
Crew Members :
Directed by: Michael Grandage
Screenplay by: Ron Nyswaner
Based on: My Policeman by Bethan Roberts
- Greg Berlanti
- Philip Herd
- Cora Palfrey
- Robbie Rogers
- Sarah Schechter
- Harry Styles as young Tom Burgess
- Emma Corrin as young Marion Taylor
- Gina McKee as Marion Taylor
- Linus Roache as Tom Burgess
- David Dawson as young Patrick Hazlewood
- Rupert Everett as Patrick Hazlewood
What is the movie based upon?
My Policeman is based on a play by the late Reginald Berkeley, who wrote the screenplay for it and also introduced it to the screen in 1966. The play is a poignant, dramatic story that examines how two 11-year-olds deal with the fallout of an attempted murder in their suburban home. It looks at issues such as loyalty, love, and friendship while covering troubling times like those experienced by Britain during the 1970s.
What makes this movie interesting to watch?
This is a story of raw emotion, a question of how far people will go to reach the truth, and what it takes to live with the consequences. Director Tom Harper has done a masterful job in bringing the play to life on screen. The dialogue is sometimes cryptic and surreal and doesn’t always make sense but it has all the elements that made Reginald Berkeley’s original piece so engaging. He was also a fine writer who knew how to build tension except he did it through metaphor rather than through verbal description.
Why is it a good movie?
It’s not one of those Hollywood ‘feel good’ movies like some of the ‘Netflix Originals’ that are currently available, so a degree of intellectual effort can be expected. The story has a very strong element of mystery that makes it intriguing and the performances are superb throughout, especially by Andrew Buchan as Patrick and by Juliet Stevenson as Marion. The script is well-constructed, it looks great and there is a nice balance between many different settings from both the 1970s and now.
What are fans saying about this movie?
“This is the kind of movie that prompts you to question what is real, what do you believe and how can you get to the truth. I’m not sure this story would have worked well in a typical crime drama format although it would have been well told. This uniqueness is a welcome relief in an industry where formulaic movies seem to make up the bulk of stories being promoted.
My reviews about this romantic drama movie:
The arrival of Patrick into Marion and Tom’s home triggers the exploration of seismic events from 40 years previously. Through their eyes, we are introduced to all sorts of interesting moral dilemmas as they wrestle with what if anything they can do to change things for themselves in the present day.
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