A gripping thriller about a revenge-fueled, cat-and-mouse game of imprisonment and interrogation between two Irish immigrants whose mysterious shared past sets them on a collision course with violence.
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A dark, dingy basement. One man is tied to a chair. Another man stands before him, gripping a large hammer. A video camera whirs away in the background. "How do you know me?" asks the man with the hammer. "I've never seen you before in my life," answers the man in the chair. "You will tell me how you know me, and what you've done to me, or you won't get out of that chair alive." So begins "Black Pool", a gripping thriller of imprisonment and interrogation, as three desperate people engage in a battle of wills that may leave one of them dead. Set all in one night, the film uses a contemporary story of fatalism and vengeance to explore the conflict that has raged in Northern Ireland for nearly a hundred years. Michael is a tortured Irishman living with his wife Emma in America. Perpetually down on his luck, he has projected his life's misfortune onto a stranger, a man who changed his life in a tragic incident nearly thirty years earlier. A shadowy figure he saw for only a fleeting ...
Anyone with any interest in the "troubles" that plagued Ireland in the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s must see this taut thriller that shows that painful memories of the conflict are alive today in such an unlikely setting as a dank basement in Portland, Oregon. It is filmed in a soft black and white that emphasizes the bleakness of the setting but allows the undistracted camera to focus intensely on the actors. The plot was triggered off camera by what amounts to an incredible coincidence, after which the main protagonists engage in words and actions that threaten to lead to horrible consequences for both. The three actors on screen metaphorically represent Irish, Protestants, Irish Catholics and American intermediaries. The actors were allowed to do their fine work over the course of just five days in a sound studio at Portland State University. Archival footage of the conflict in Ireland in the early twentieth century help lend background. Contemporary color videos of Ireland highlighted the terrible beauty of the land. BTW, Dublin means "Black Pool" in the Irish Language.
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