On The Edge Films

Cinematic Thoughts for Cinematic Minds


2013/ UK

Director: Rufus Norris

Starring: Eloise Laurence, Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear, Bill Milner, Denis Lawson, Robert Emms

Broken, directed by Rufus Norris, is a film that you will fall in love with, straight from the beginning. The story is powerful, indulging and grips you from the moment it starts. It is a film that will bring out all of your emotions, making you smile, cry, laugh and many more.

The film’s focus is on Skunk, played by Eloise Laurence (her acting debut, and one that will not be forgotten), a young girl who sees Rick Buckley, played by Robert Emms (War Horse, Anonymous), her neighbour and friend who also has a disability, beaten up by Bob Oswald, Rory Kinnear (Skyfall, Quantum of Solace), which at first what seems like a spontaneous occurrence. However the way in which the film is shot, in some instances, the audience see an action, before we understand the reason behind it, which is unique and is one of the ways that makes the film so great.

The choice of actors used in the film is simply superb. They all connect effortlessly and bring about an onscreen chemistry unlike any other. Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs), plays the dad of Skunk, and the character he creates allows the audience to become attached to his character. Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins, Inception), plays the role of a family friend plus teacher of Skunk’s, and he creates a comic relief at times, however his character adds to the hardship of life, a theme that is current throughout the movie.  Rory Kinnear puts in an outstanding performance as a hard, no nonsense father of three, but Eloise Laurence’s performance is fresh, natural, convincing and allows the audience to relate to her, and get to know her allowing for a fluid and refreshing viewing pleasure.

The storyline is so down to earth and realistic it makes for film an audience can relate to. The fact that it sticks to its British roots allows for a brilliant film to be created, proving once again, there is no need for Hollywood, in order for a good film to be produced. The themes running throughout the film are genuine and are part of everyday life. The young actors will certainly be the stars of the future, and for a first directed piece by Rufus Norris, it is outstanding.

A must see, and a film that will be in your top three for a long time.


-Zak Gibson

In Cinemas March 8th (UK)


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