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Glassland (2014)

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Set in Dublin, 'Glassland' tells the story of a young taxi driver who gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking while trying to save his mother from drug addiction.

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Gerard Barrett

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Gerard Barrett
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Credited cast:
Toni Collette ... Jean
Will Poulter ... Shane
Jack Reynor ... John
Michael Smiley ... Jim
Laura Byrne Laura Byrne ... Head Nurse
Ally Ni Chiarain ... Woman in Taxi
Dairíne Ní Dhonnchú ... Bridie (as Darine Ní Dhonnchadha)
Shashi Rami Shashi Rami ... Dr. Shakra
Gary Ó'Nualláin Gary Ó'Nualláin ... Frank
D.J. McGrath ... Paul DVD Clerk
Graham Earley Graham Earley ... Angry Neighbour
Kian Murphy Kian Murphy ... Bike Kid
Joe Mullins ... Taxi Driver
Melissa Maria Carton Melissa Maria Carton ... Shane's Ex
Harry Nagle Harry Nagle ... Kit
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Set in Dublin, 'Glassland' tells the story of a young taxi driver who gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking while trying to save his mother from drug addiction.

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ireland | See All (1) »

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Sometimes hope begins with sacrifice. See more »

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Dublin City, Ireland

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Budget:

EUR250,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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The three leads have been in an Ari Aster movie; Toni Collette in Hereditary (2018), and Jack Reynor and Will Poulter in Midsommar (2019). See more »

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Requiem For The Static King - Part One
Performed by A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Published by Embassy Music Corporation
o/b/o Dustin O'Halloran Music and Lidmusic (BMI)
By kind permission of Music Sales Creative
Written by Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie
Appears courtesy Kranky Ltd and Erased Tapes
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Average drama with some emotional scenes! 3/10
17 October 2015 | by leonblackwoodSee all my reviews

Review: Although this movie is about a deep subject matter, I still found it quite boring and depressing. The whole tone didn't seem to change from the beginning to end and I didn't really get the moral of the story. Anyway, the film is about a young cab driver called John (Jack Reynor), who looks after his mother, Jean (Toni Collette) who is slowly killing herself with alcohol. One day he comes home from work to find her passed out in bed, so he quickly rushes her to the hospital so they can revive her. The doctors tell him that she is really pushes her addiction to drink, to the limit and that she really needs to get help so he decides to put her in a rehabilitation centre so she can get clean. His best friend, Shane (Will Poulter) decides to leave Dublin but John can't go with him because he looks after his disabled brother, who the mother has disowned, and he's worried about his mum's health. He then gets told that his mother can only stay in the centre for a little while but there is an opening at another home which costs quite a bit of money, so he has to take on a people trafficking job to pay for her stay. After his friend leaves, he's left all on his own to try and pull his family together, with no support from anyone. It's quite an emotional movie with some good acting, especially from Toni Collette but I was left feeling quite depressed. There isn't any major twisted or surprising changes to the storyline but you can't help feeling for poor John who just wants the best for everyone. The emotional scene at the airport, when Shane leaves, shows that John really did want to leave to better his life but he has a good heart and his family come first. Anyway, you do have to be in the right mood to watch this deep drama because it definitely isn't upbeat. Average!

Round-Up: Jack Reynor, 23, must have thought that he had won the lottery when he got a role in the lead alongside Mark Wahlberg in Transformers: Age of Extinction but the movie received mixed reviews and it got panned by a lot of the critics. I personally didn't think it was that bad. He also starred in Vince Vaughn's Delivery Man and he stars in the upcoming Macbeth with Michael Fassbender so this small budget movie definitely hasn't damaged his reputation. The film was written and directed by Gerard Barrett who brought you the highly acclaimed Pilgrim Hill, which I personally haven't seen but at 28 years old, I can honestly say that he didn't do to bad job for his 2nd project. I think that he should have given the storyline a bit more substance, from a entertainment point of view but he put together an emotional movie which some people will be able to relate to. All of the cast was a perfect choice for the subject matter but I did find myself drifting off after a while.

I recommend this movie to people who are into their emotional dramas about a young teenager having to look after his alcoholic mother. 3/10


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