Synopsis: Dublin teenagers Matthew, nihilistic Rez, and the deranged Kearney, leave school to a social vacuum of drinking and drugs, falling into shocking acts of transgression
School is out forever!!!!! The boys have been waiting for this day for a long time and they are wreaking havoc throughout the school because of it. Kearney (Finn Cole) is fed up more than them all, and he is being destructive by smashing the principal’s car to PIECES. Next, we are see Jen (Anya Taylor-Joy) who is smitten by Matthew (Dean-Charles Chapman) and she is equally excited to be leaving school. The pair, regardless of the talks of Jen leaving town, are now boyfriend and girlfriend.
The boys witness a devastating incident happen in front of them, and this sets the tone of how each one of them copes with what happened. How this unfolds is what keeps you interested in what was ahead. As we watch the rise of one, the demise of the other, and one who isn’t sure what to do. Director Eoin Macken spares no expense in making you emotionally deal with what they are dealing with. It’s very in your face which is why it puts you in a position to emotionally invest in each of the stories.
Cinematographer, James Mather, and composer, Ryan Potesta, both did a good job of enhancing the film. The film is at times a bit of a lull, but they do a good job in those little moments to pick it up. I was impressed with the colors used throughout the film by Mather because the film has a teenager vibe to it and the colors of vibrant to match that vibe. The music choice was tremendous as well.
Finn Cole stands out in a MASSIVE way throughout this film. Kearney doesn’t know how to handle his grief, so he turns to drugs, violence, and questionable decision-making to cope with it. Finn takes this role and runs with it as he makes you invest in him, and while you hate the demise of his character, you can’t help but empathize with him. Anya Taylor-Joy is sprinkled throughout the movie and when she is on the screen, she demands to be watched. She is a superstar and has a LONG career ahead of her. Strong performances from the entire cast.
Eoin Macken explores grief and how we all uniquely deal with it in our own ways. He showcases the highs and the lows that stem from it and showcases that how we are raised plays a huge part in how we handled life. Eoin has some truly exceptional writing throughout this movie.