The tone is a lot less bleak and brutal than maybe it could, or should, have been. I can only assume this got an 18 cert in the UK for the repeated use of the c-word. Certainly there is nothing overly graphic. To be honest, it plays out more like the finale of TV series than a movie.
Nigel O’Neill plays his part, as Donal, very well. I imagine it’s hard to establish much menancing intent when you’re wearing a fleece and wellies but he pulls it off. Susan Lynch also manages to be deeply unpleasant with little screen time.
The story is nothing new but Donal’s deeply pragmatic approach to each challenge is quite refreshing.