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Shallow Grave

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

British crime thriller has violence, language, nudity.

Movie R 1995 89 minutes
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In this edgy directorial debut, Danny Boyle introduces some of the dark comedy and visual flair that saw his reputation firmly cemented two years later with Trainspotting. Offering up such unlikable characters without apology is a risky move, but one that Shallow Grave manages to pull off. All three performances are spot-on, Fox in particular shining in a comparatively underwritten part. Set mostly inside their apartment, a claustrophobic atmosphere helps heighten the tension, as the friends begin to toy with each other, with the power constantly shifting between them.

Boyle never wastes a frame, keeping the pace fast and unusually light, given the grisly subject matter. The film is thick with gruesome touches and moments of fleeting humor, its soundtrack foreshadowing the way music would become celebrated in Trainspotting. The disconnect between what's going on on-screen and songs such as Nina Simone's My Baby Just Cares For Me only adding to the characteristically fiendish wink that Boyle throws the audience's way.

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