Review - Straightheads aka Closure

Gillian Anderson and Danny Dyer in Straightheads

Gillian Anderson and Danny Dyer in Straightheads




Yet another Danny Dyer movie in which he plays a flaky spliffer. And another, like Outlaw, in which he’s involved in vigilantism of a particularly unpleasant sort. This one, though, co-stars Gillian Anderson as the posh totty Dyer ends up bedding after installing CCTV equipment at her pad. And then, after she’s invited him out to a party at a swish country house, the pair are set upon on the drive back to town. He is horribly beaten up, she is brutally raped. But hang on – Danny Dyer? Gillian Anderson? No, it doesn’t seem right somehow but Anderson has a habit of turning up in some odd corners. And in Straightheads actually work well together, he giving it loads of laddish Michael Caine insouciance, she playing the more hawkish of the two, who insists that an eye for an eye, at the very least, is the only just response to crimes of this magnitude. Things slide from nasty to very horrible indeed in short order in a film that is either, ultimately, about the morally corrosive effects of violence. Or if you prefer to look at it a different way it’s a mercifully short thriller that gets its kicks from showing a former X Files star getting really down and dirty. I suspect the latter.

© Steve Morrissey 2007


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Closure (2007)
Run time: 80 min
Rating: 5.6
Genres: Thriller
Director: Dan Reed
Stars: Danny Dyer, Gillian Anderson, Adam Rayner
Trivia: After surviving a gang rape and mugging, a middle aged businesswoman and her 23 year old boyfriend plot to murder their attackers, but find themselves conflicted about carrying out their plans.
Storyline After the installation of an alarm system by the twenty-three year old low-class Adam in her fancy upper class apartment, the sophisticated owner Alice invites him to go with her in her boss’ “opening house” boring party in the countryside. Adam dates Alice and has a dream night in the fashionable party inclusive having sex with her. While driving back home in a lonely road in the middle of the night, Alice hits a deer and the couple parks the car to remove the wounded animal from the road. However, a van stops and a gang brutally assaults Adam and rapes Alice. One month later, Adam is impotent with Alice, has awful scars in his face and a blind eye and the traumatized Alice returns to her work. However, she is informed that her father has passed away and she travels back to the countryside to visit her father’s home. While driving back home, she meets one of her rapist by chance and she discovers where he lives. Alice meets Adam and convinces him to come with her to take revenge … Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Plot Keywords: countryside, night, rape, party, assault
Box Office Budget: £1,800,000 (estimated)