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The Shadow of Violence (2020)



Critic Consensus: The Shadow of Violence presents a grimly effective portrait of one man's struggle with divided loyalties, elevated by standout performances from a stellar cast.

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In the dark underbelly of rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas "Arm" Armstrong (Cosmo Jarvis, Hunter Killer) has become a feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family. When his ruthless employers order him to kill for the first time, his loyalties are tested in this powerful thriller costarring Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) and Ned Dennehy ("Peaky Blinders").


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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (13)

[Cosmo Jarvis] is quietly gripping as Arm.

August 3, 2020 | Full Review…
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Despite the claustrophobic entrapment in a violent and hyper-masculine world, 'The Shadow of Violence' is an ultimately moving morality tale announcing a confident new voice in international cinema.

July 31, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

While Jarvis puts a memorable mug to the script's meditations, you have to squint too much to see director Rowland's signature on this broad idea of machismo.

July 31, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There is just enough ambiguity onscreen, particularly during the movie's early stretch, that the narrative machinery isn't too conspicuous.

July 30, 2020 | Full Review…

It's Jarvis whose potential star power leaps out at you.

April 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The direction, by the novice Nick Rowland, is assured. You've seen it before. But not like this.

March 15, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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