- Jackdaw is a straightforward but intense thriller with gritty cinematography and well-developed characters, making it a riveting watch.
- Oliver Jackson-Cohen delivers a nuanced and emotionally weak efficiency because the titular character, including depth to the gripping story.
- The movie’s deal with a pushed, pained protagonist, together with its efficient enhancing and intense motorbike sequences, retains the stress excessive all through.
Written and directed by Jamie Childs, Jackdaw is a straightforward, taut thriller with sufficient character improvement and stress to maintain us riveted. The cinematography has a gritty really feel and the movie is well-lit regardless of the motion going down at midnight. The story is naked bones, however that’s actually not a knock in opposition to the movie in any respect. Fairly, Jackdaw is strictly the type of film we’ve been lacking — simple, intense, and well-acted. It by no means wanted to have a number of, and even complicated, storylines to be good, and Childs delivers an intriguing, electrical story with out overstuffing it. With Oliver Jackson-Cohen delivering a nuanced, weak but powerful efficiency because the movie’s title character, Jackdaw is a gripping story that’s effectively definitely worth the value of admission.
Jack Dawson (Jackson-Cohen) is a veteran caring for his youthful brother Simon (Leon Harrop). Struggling to make ends meet, Jack agrees to select up a package deal in open water for a person referred to as Silas (Joe Blakemore). However when the job is finished, and he isn’t paid, Jack holds the package deal hostage till Silas delivers his finish of the cut price. Jack returns dwelling to seek out his brother lacking and, assuming he’s been kidnapped, goes after Silas to get him again. However issues take a flip when the true id of the person behind the job is revealed, and Jack should reckon together with his previous and the ache that comes together with it.
Jackdaw has quite a bit to say — in regards to the circumstances somebody like Jack would possibly develop up in and the life path that may take due to it, cash over household and love, and so forth. — and it says it with readability. The thriller succeeds the place others have floundered because of its deal with a pushed, pained character who carries his coronary heart on his sleeve however isn’t afraid to get his arms soiled on the subject of these he cares about. The movie’s enhancing enormously impacts the pacing, which by no means lulls, elevating the stress and making us sit up at each flip, our hearts racing whereas questioning what comes subsequent on Jack’s journey. It’s efficient and thrums with concentrated ferocity that’s as thrilling as it’s heartbreaking.
A lot of the movie’s depth stems from Jack driving his motorbike; typically he’s operating away from one thing, or operating in direction of it — both means, it’s a superb technique to construct the stress from one scene to the subsequent. Jack doesn’t discuss a lot, and we glean info from the characters he interacts with alongside the best way, together with Jenna Coleman’s Bo, who is useful, fierce, and protecting in her personal means, and Thomas Turgoose’s Craig, who supplies the movie its levity. The supporting characters add to the story with out overshadowing Jack, giving him (and us) what the story must proceed transferring ahead.
However simply because Jack isn’t spilling all his secrets and techniques doesn’t imply he’s any much less worthy of our empathy. To that finish, Jackson-Cohen, maybe greatest recognized for The Haunting of Hill Home, offers an extremely layered efficiency. By his portrayal, it’s simple to consider the hardness of Jack’s exterior and the tenderness and emotional vulnerability he conveys. His eyes are open and expressive, his actions tenacious, as they arrive from a spot of deep ache. Paired with Jackson-Cohen’s efficiency and the movie’s excellent tension-building, Jackdaw’s ultimate showdown is heavy and emotionally efficient, packing a punch that can go away you breathless.
Childs’ movie is spectacular; it’s thrilling in all of the methods it must be, by no means shedding its momentum, even within the scenes the place nothing seemingly occurs, it’s all a buildup to an thrilling finale. Its energy is that it isn’t attempting to be or do a number of issues directly. Jackdaw is aided by a grounded, transferring efficiency from Jackson-Cohen, a incredible supporting forged, and sharp storytelling that brings every part collectively with out overstaying its welcome.
Jackdaw had its premiere throughout 2023’s Unbelievable Fest. The movie is 97 minutes lengthy and unrated.