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October 06, 2008

The Oxford Murders 2008. Dir: Álex de la Iglesia – One To Miss

The Oxford Murders 2008. Dir: Álex de la Iglesia - One To Miss

This is a dreadful film out now on DVD. Despite some iffy reviews a friend and I took it out of Blockbusters for a Saturday night 'Whodunnit' lightweight evening as there wasn't much in. We knew it was pretty bad as in the first sex scene we started discussing the set! We thought it was our age at first but the View London review has given me a sense of relief their reviewer was equally scathing. This is a complete waste of two hours of your time steer well clear. There are plenty of good films to watch spend your time doing that. The acting and the scripting are both dreadful.

The film is a sort of 'heritageploitation' film which seeks to build on the Inspector Morse factor by trying to lend an intellectual air to the content by bringing in references to Chaos Theory and Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle. What you can be certain of here that this is a smokescren to attract more middle class audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Pretty shots of Oxford do not compensate for dreadful acting and script. The film is one of those which has worked out its target audience beforehand and tried to apply a formula. A couple of young American actors are dragged in to try and get distribution in the US along with the Oxford scenario in a slightly historical mode to attract the same audience.

What possssed the producers to come up with such a dog's dinner is incomprehensible. The film dosen't deserve serious analysis. Just take this as a warning: caveat emptor. Don't say you weren't warned!!! Get some Morse or Jane Austen instead. A one out of ten is generous for those who like star ratings.


'View London' review of The Oxford Murders

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