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An exploration of masculinity and violence. A story of obsession and revenge, as a man tries to come to terms with a brutal, random attack and its consequences.

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Brendan Muldowney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Darren Healy Darren Healy ... Paul Graynor
Nora-Jane Noone ... Michelle
Gerry Shanahan Gerry Shanahan ... Josie Burns - Homeless Man 1
Brian Fortune ... Homeless Man 2
Andie McCaffrey Byrne Andie McCaffrey Byrne ... Woman in Car (as Andrea McCaffrey)
Feidlim Cannon Feidlim Cannon ... Ian
Vincent Walsh ... Newspaper Sub-Editor (voice)
Ryan Andrews Ryan Andrews ... Youth 1
Shane Murray-Corcoran Shane Murray-Corcoran ... Youth 2
Craig Harris Craig Harris ... Youth 3
Leroy Howard Leroy Howard ... Youth 4
Jer O'Leary ... Paul's Father
Karl Shiels ... Eddie
Zoe Doyle ... Drunken Girl
Sarah Byrne Sarah Byrne ... Drunken Girl
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An exploration of masculinity and violence. A story of obsession and revenge, as a man tries to come to terms with a brutal, random attack and its consequences.

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Fear. Control. Anger. Revenge.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2010 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Savage - At the End of All Humanity See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Nocturne No. 1. Op. 55 in F Minor
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Stephen McKeon
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Indeed it is...
31 October 2016 | by Coffee_in_the_ClinkSee all my reviews

This should've been Darren Healy's claim to fame; he provides a brilliant performance and a thrilling character transformation as Paul Graynor, a shy photographer who is dragged down an alleyway one night by two men and mugged. They then beat and castrate him for good measure. Paul becomes a recluse, terrified of the world around him. He takes control back; he joins a gym, shaves his head, loses the glasses and takes steroids. He also buys a large hunting knife and carries it around with him. Then he starts to hunt for the men who emasculated him. In essence, Paul turns in to the men who assaulted him, and we are geared up for a shocking, violent climax.

With the exception of 'The Commitments' in the early 90's, Irish cinema was a rare beast up until probably the late 1990s and early 2000s, but in all fairness, we have never produced anything worth shouting about. Healy starred in a film called 'Crush Proof' around that time, a film that should've been a lot better than it was, but he nevertheless was superb in that one. He's been a fairly low-key actor over the years and personally I think he would've been perfect for a role in RTE's landmark gangland series 'Love/Hate'.

'Savage' is quite a violent film, and one that does stay with you. Director Brendan Muldowney makes good use of the grim Dublin streets in creating a bleak and dangerous atmosphere. The script does a good job building up the tension until it explodes. There's been nothing else quite like it produced on these shores.


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