Incendiary (2008) - Drama, Romance, Thriller

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A woman's life is forever changed when tragedy strikes at a soccer match.

IMDB: 5.8
Director: Sharon Maguire
Stars: Michelle Williams, Ewan McGregor
Length: 96 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 10 out of 47 found boring (21.27%)

One-line Reviews (29)

I was in the mood for a thriller - the most prominent word on the DVD case - and the promise of a gripping terrorist theme with a woman at the center of a police investigation was right up my alley.

Still, many of us are likely never to have sat down for an hour and a half to watch paint dry, whereas we have all seen the clichées and the pretentious rubbish which makes up this utterly awful movie.

Despite of Michelle Williams' superb acting, I find "Incendiary" disappointing and boring.

And to do so she has to stand on a tall roof and teeter on the edge.

A young beautiful woman (Michelle Williams) is trapped in an empty marriage tucked away in an ugly apartment block in London.

For many viewers, there is a starkness and slow pacing that might turn off anyone wanting instant gratification.

The mawkish sentimentality that ensues is unbearable.

Pretentious melodrama - slooow, boooring and cliché-filled .

Every once in a while, however, I'll rent a "high-brow" movie and often I am bored to tears.

This combined with the in and out narration, apparently letters dedicated to Osama Bin Laden, the hot-air balloon with the picture of her son, the underuse of the engaging Ewan McGregor character, the random relationship with the bomber's son, and the obvious "Oscar nomination" scene of Michelle Williams screaming "My baby!

As the couple is engaging in torrid sex, she overhears about the bombing at the stadium.

This is an odd but engaging film about the aftermath of a suicide-bombing in London that essentially blows itself up in the end.

The doom setting of the novel is replaced by the brightiest, most childish, shallow and dull cinematography I have ever seen.

The pacing is excruciatingly slow, with a lot of repetitive scenes (such as London burning).

This is worth watching just for Michelle William's mesmerising performance and I'm not sure why it's been so panned by so many reviewers.

The story itself is worth watching and Michelle Williams gives a sympathetic and nice understated performance here.

Yes, those movies were shallow, but this film "Incendiary" has a few decent points, and Michelle Williams is worth watching.

Nevermind that he's dull as ditchwater and that he loves caravans.

The woman chases as well, and they all end up on an empty train platform.

I agree that this material MIGHT have been pat and soap opera-ish in other hands, but for me the emotional and physical drama are riveting and superbly realized.

Instead, I was presented with a somber, slow moving, often disjointed story with weak character development and periodic attempts at artistic visuals.

I have to say though, this is by far the worst movie I have seen, or at least, I can recall seeing.

"Like watching paint dry" is an old saying, and probably as meaningless a way of spending time as watching "Incendiary".

On the other hand, the plot is confusing and strange.

Incredibly slow.

For the rest of us, it's nearly unbearably trite and shameless.

Beautifully shot but slow and unfocused .

The whole story looks like repetition, and then the mystery to be revealed of how everything happened is very badly done, it is easily guessed, not in any way clever, and pointless.

I thought the above was a succinct review but now IMDb is making me write 10 lines, which is ironically similar to how I feel about the film actually given all the long slow panoramic shots over music while the actors look sad or longingly or suchlike.