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SUS (2010)

In Amazing, Crime, film, Law, political, Recommendation, Review on 18/01/2012 at 11:06 pm

This film in three words: different, important and superb.

It’s election night 1979: just a couple of hours until the era of Thatcher begins. A pregnant woman is found dead in her flat, a bloody screwdriver nearby. Her husband is held and interrogated on suspicion of murder. The detectives are blatantly racist and the devastated husband plummets into a nightmare as all his legal rights are withheld. This is SUS: a frightening law that allows the police to hold and interrogate somebody on suspicion alone – as frequently used in the UK during Thatcher’s reign.

This film, written as a play originally by Barrie Keeffe, is an exceptionally daunting example of what SUS can turn into. As it is claustrophobically set in a single room, it heavily relies on the acting abilities of Clint Dyer (husband Delroy) and police ruffians Ralph Brown and Rafe Spall (also an excellent villain in The Shadow Line).

When I say the acting is superb, I exaggerate not. SUS is a terrifying spectacle and it shows so much with so little plot. It’s just a room, three men and a situation, but they’ll have you on the edge of your seat, hiding under a pillow, swearing at the screen and perhaps desperately wishing you had one of those tissue boxes like in the telly ads as well.

 

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