Bad Day For The Cut is a good day for revenge movies, when farmer Donal (Nigel O’Neill) is naturally perturbed when his mother, Florence (Stella McCusker), is murdered, and he catches the bad guys still on his property, sort-of.
It’s like a road/chase movie that goes from A to B to C, and so on, and so there’s not a huge amount of plot to detail, but as it goes on, it’s not wholly original, but it’s a huge amount of fun, with some neat wisecracks, and at a brief 99 minutes, it doesn’t outstay its welcome, which is such a rarity these days.
The baddies are led by deadly duo Trevor (Stuart Graham) and Frankie (Susan Lynch), who’ll teach Donal a few home truths he wasn’t expecting, and there’s a neat twist with regards to one of those baddies he catches in the act, Polish lad Bartosz (Józef Pawlowski).
It’s also really well-paced, there’s superb cinematography which shows in a number of scenes set in low light or near dark, everyone puts in great performances and, for a change in modern cinema, there’s some nice, meaty violence, which earns the film its 18-certificate.
One last thought about the film which I’ll hide behind a spoiler, so while I don’t actually spoil anything, I’d suggest only reading it after you’ve seen the film.
Note: This review is for the film only.
Running time: 99 minutes
Distributor: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
Released: January 8th 2018
Director: Chris Baugh
Producers: Katy Jackson and Brendan Mullin
Screenplay: Chris Baugh and Brendan Mullin
Music: James Everett
Donal: Nigel O’Neill
Frankie Pierce: Susan Lynch
Bartosz: Józef Pawlowski
Trevor Ballantine: Stuart Graham
Gavigan: David Pearse
Kaja: Anna Próchniak
Florence: Stella McCusker
Eamon: Ian McElhinney
Jerome: Brian Milligan
Vivian: Shashi Rami
Leo McMahon: Lalor Roddy
Ossie: Ryan McParland
Damian: Andrew Porter
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