"Actually, I must wholeheartedly agree with Anna Smith. Having lived in Northern Ireland for several years in the early eighties I was extremely interested in seeing afilm about fundamentalism, which still seems to be rife there when you thinf of people like Ian Paisley (who Macfadyen's Gabriel reminded me strongly of). But despite the brilliant acting (Macfadyen's portrayal of the fanatic reverend is as good as it can get under the circumstances and his Northern Irish accent is great!), we never find out what makes him tick as a person - what brought on this radicalism, this harshness? We can imagine all sorts of child abuse of the young Gabriel, but then again the young Gabriel seems already nearly as grim as the older one.
Pity that tha film cannot live up to high expectations.
Three stars because of the excellent acting of the three main characters!"