Movie Review: Tyrannosaur - Metro US

Movie Review: Tyrannosaur


  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Paddy Considine
  • Stars: Peter Mullan, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan
  • Rate: ****

Tyrannosaur is a dark and alarming film that will haunt you long after the final scene. Peter Mullan is captivating as Joseph, an unemployed widower who, five years after his wife’s death, is still disturbed by the abuse he inflicted upon her. Now convinced that he’s “not a nice human being,” Joseph is plagued by violent outbursts, which he struggles to control.

After fleeing the scene of one of his fits of rage, Joseph takes refuge in a second-hand clothing store where he meets Hannah (Olivia Colman), a Christian shopkeeper who offers to pray for him. Though Joseph rejects her offer, the duo develop an unlikely friendship — one which does not sit well with Hannah’s husband, James (Eddie Marsan).

Tyrannosaur is an impressive feature film debut for director Paddy Considine. He elicits devastating performances from Mullan and Colman, both of whom were awarded the World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Breakout Performances at the Sundance Film Festival.

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