The Shadow of Violence (2019) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Shadow of Violence (2019)



Critic Consensus: Calm with Horses presents a grimly effective portrait of one man's struggle with divided loyalties, elevated by standout performances from a stellar cast.

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In the dark underbelly of rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas "Arm" Armstrong (Cosmo Jarvis, Hunter Killer) has become a feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family. When his ruthless employers order him to kill for the first time, his loyalties are tested in this powerful thriller costarring Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) and Ned Dennehy ("Peaky Blinders").


Critic Reviews for The Shadow of Violence

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (9)

It's Jarvis whose potential star power leaps out at you.

April 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The direction, by the novice Nick Rowland, is assured. You've seen it before. But not like this.

March 15, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Lots of little worthwhile elements, mainly performances from Cosmo Jarvis and Niamh Algar.

March 12, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Keoghan and Algar are excellent, Jarvis a sad-eyed revelation.

March 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If the film doesn't quite have the sharpness of John Michael McDonagh's best work in similar terrain, it's a worthy companion piece, as dangerous and soppy-drunk as an old pub brawler.

March 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Perhaps the ending of the film is a little predicable, but a talented and well-directed cast keep this movie motoring along, and Jarvis is a fierce screen presence.

March 5, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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