Calm with Horses is a taut, muscular thriller with a powerful, emotional core. In rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas Arm Armstrong has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, whilst also trying to be a good father to his autistic young son. Torn between these two families, Arms loyalties are truly tested when he is asked to kill for the first time.
Review of Calm With Horses by Peter Walkden
Douglas “Arm” Armstrong (Cosmo Jarvis) is a dangerous muscle man who works for the drug-dealing family known as “The Devers”. The Devers family approached Douglas during his boxing career and promised to give him a new life. The family welcomed him as one of their own, even providing him with a roof over his head. When things go wrong for The Devers family, Douglas is the man sent to sort people out in a violent manner.
Daily, Douglas serves The Devers family with any requests they make. But Douglas is also dealing with some challenges with his ex-girlfriend and his only child. His son requires attendance at a particular school, given his current condition. For his son to attend this school, it will need both his son and his ex-girlfriend to move away, leaving Douglas behind.
Soon Devers family ask something of Douglas that he has never done before. He’s ordered to kill a man in cold blood.
The opening to this film is quite informative. We see Douglas attending to a matter on behalf of The Devers and Douglas handles it flawlessly. We also gain a narration from Douglas, who explains how he ended up working for this family. Whenever Douglas speaks, he owns the screen even when he isn’t talking, and moments are also gripping. The performance by Cosmo Jarvis was terrific, and I would again say actor Barry Keoghan was brilliant for his supporting role.
Overall, I am incredibly impressed with this film. It has excellent performances and a gritty plot, unlike anything I’ve seen in some time in cinema. The filming style is fantastic when it comes to delivering tension from the leading characters, and the plot is unpredictable. For a directional debut, I’m impressed and look forward to what else is to come from director Nick Rowland.
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Title: Calm With Horses
Release Date: 04 Nov 2020
Actor(s): Cosmo Jarvis, Barry Keoghan, Liam Carney, David Wilmot, Brian Doherty, Ned Dennehy, Simone Kirby, Roisin O'Neill, Toni O'Rourke, Hazel Doupe, Rory Quinn, Ally Ni Chiarain, Niamh Algar, Kiljan Moroney, Anthony Welsh
Catalogue No: VX1803
Disc Count: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
OFLC Rating: MA15+
Run Time: 100
Transfer Format: 16:9 Enhanced, Widescreen
Video Format: PAL
Primary Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Language: English, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region Code: 4
OFLC Advice: Coarse Language And Drug Use, Strong Themes And Violence
Production Studio: Vendetta Films
Dubbed Languages: Vendetta Films
Director(s): Nick Rowland