Two orphaned brothers turned radical Christian hitmen venture to rural Ilkley under the instruction of Father Enoch). Their mission: assassinate Professor John Huxley, famed atheist writer.

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Harry Michell
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Will Barton Will Barton ... Walker / Charles
Harry Melling ... Tim
Tom Brooke ... Vic
David Jenkins David Jenkins ... Chorus
Roy Talbot Roy Talbot ... Chorus Soloist
Simon Meyrick Simon Meyrick ... Chorus
Stuart Hardy Stuart Hardy ... Chorus Soloist
Mark Hopkinson Mark Hopkinson ... Chorus Soloist
Jay Kerr Jay Kerr ... Chorus Soloist (as Jay Kerry)
John Dowlan John Dowlan ... Chorus
Keith Dunhill Keith Dunhill ... Chorus
John Boyle John Boyle ... Chorus
Richard Hartley Richard Hartley ... Chorus
Tony Lindley Tony Lindley ... Chorus
Tony Paget Tony Paget ... Chorus
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Two orphaned brothers turned radical Christian hitmen venture to rural Ilkley under the instruction of Father Enoch). Their mission: assassinate Professor John Huxley, famed atheist writer.

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Scenes set in a television studio were filmed in the University of Bradford's TV studio. They used set and sofas which were originally built for BBC Look North (Yorkshire) when it moved to St Peter's Square, Leeds in 2004. The set is normally used for teaching TV & film production at the university. See more »

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1 April 2021 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. The brothers have chosen to accept the mission they've been given, which is to assassinate outspoken atheist writer, Professor John Huxley. The deed is to be done during the Ilkley Literature Festival where Huxley is a featured speaker. Brothers Victor and Tim are Christian radicals, and not particularly clever. In fact, the terrific opening sequence shows us an execution on a hill - one that displays the tragic effects of mistaken identity.

Writer-director Harry Michell (he played Nick in YESTERDAY, 2019) and co-writer Jamie Fraser (his first feature film) deliver a strong first act that really gets our hopes up. Tom Brooke (PIRATE RADIO, 2009) plays Victor, the high-strung older brother to Tim, who is played by ski cap-wearing Harry Melling (the "Harry Potter" franchise). Victor is prone to violent outbursts, while Tim is the more sensitive type - and a bit slow at times. That contrast between the brothers is a fun element, as is the close bond they share.

Director Michell utilizes a recurring men's choir (breaking the fourth wall) as a way to both drive the story and add a bit of humor. In the first half-hour, the two most obvious comparisons we make are THE BOONDOCK SAINTS (1999) and IN BRUGES (2008). Unfortunately, that's a standard that the film simply can't sustain. It seems to be filled with any number of promising ideas that mostly just fizzle or fade out. A perfect example is the dynamic between the two investigative cops played by Anna Maxwell Martin and Flora Spencer-Longhurst. The banter between these two characters is just never quite as colorful or pointed as we wish.

The supporting cast includes Vinette Robinson as Imelda, one of the festivals organizers who has a close relationship with Professor Huxley. Imelda's time with Tim works well at times. Roger Allum effectively portrays the arrogant atheist author, and Derek Jacobi plays Father Enoch, the priest who raised the two orphans, Tim and Victor, and now has them doing the church's dirty work. The real standout here is the film's editing by Xanna Ward Dixon and Dylan Holmes Williams. The pacing and quick cuts keep us engaged and minimize the shortcomings of the story ... which certainly could have worked with more risk-taking and pushing of the envelope. Not going far enough is film's downfall - and it's quite disappointing given the promising start.

In theaters and On Demand April 2, 2021.


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