The Messenger (2014)


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To the outside world looking in, Jack's not well. He's been in and out of secure units all of his young life, had every drug they can throw at him, every treatment they can think of... but nothing can make the dead go away, they always find a way through. The film is the story of Jack's last melt down: a story of frustration and guilt, love and betrayal, family and blame. Unwillingly becoming embroiled in the unfinished business of Mark, a journalist brutally murdered in the local park and his television presenter wife, Sarah, to whom he's desperate to say one last goodbye, Jack finds himself getting closer to Sarah, obsessed with passing on Mark's message.Discovering hidden secrets and lies finally pushes the fragile Jack over the edge but there is hope when his estranged sister, Emma, gets in touch. Jack starts to remember the past they shared together and as the memories come flooding back, he starts to confront the truth about the death of his father.

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Critic Reviews for The Messenger

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2)

Sheehan's crazed temperament and beatific face sustain the ambiguity when little else does.

Sep 17, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Guardian
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Not a single fresh idea, nor the faintest glimmer of hope that something smart is around the corner.

Sep 17, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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The plot is a meandering mess that drags painfully through the paper thin premise, and then ends just when it starts to get interesting.

Nov 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

Everything's held together by an authoritative performance from Sheehan, who does fine work keeping open the question of whether the ghosts are really there or just figments of his troubled imagination.

Oct 31, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A downbeat, rainy, British spin on The Sixth Sense, this has good performances but an uncertain tone.

Sep 23, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Sheehan is convincing as the troubled man who has come to resent everyone around him, but in the process he makes his character so thoroughly obnoxious that it's hard to care what happens to him.

Sep 22, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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