Cillian Murphy is perhaps Ireland’s best export to Hollywood. Aside from looking like he was lovingly kissed into existence by the sweet breath of angels, he is also one powerhouse performer. Notoriously private, he believes in a strong work ethic and staying away from the shallow end of Hollywood (which means almost all of it.) This leads to an extremely eclectic resume, which has Box-office superstar, Inception and the indie drama On the Edge riding side by side. Here are five must-watch Cillian movies:
Written by Enda Walsh and directed by Kirsten Sheridan, this 2001 movie is also one of Cillian’s earliest. Murphy and Elaine Cassidy star as Cork teenagers who have a lifelong, but unhealthy friendship that is imploding as they approach adulthood. Tragic and searing, scary and raw Disco Pigs is adolescence careening wildly out of control captured on camera in all its heart-breaking beauty.
A 2007 sci-fi flick, Sunshine is written by Alex Garland and directed by Danny Boyle. Fifty years into the future, the Sun is dying with fatal consequences for the Earth. A team of astronauts are sent to revive the Sun- but they fail. Seven years later, a new team is sent to finish the mission. A wonderful cast, stunning visual effects and some profound questions posed- Sunshine is one of the best of the genre.
Written and directed by Michael Lander, Peacock was released straight to DVD in 2010 despite its strong cast which features Murphy, Ellen Page, Susan Sarandon and Bill Pullman. Murphy plays a bank clerk in rural Nebraska whose seemingly normal life is gradually unravelled due to a train accident. This is the kind of claustrophobia inducing movie which hinges on a single performance for its impact and Murphy, as always, delivers.
Directed by Wes Craven, Red Eye (2005) is one entertaining romp of a thriller. A woman is kidnapped by Murphy’s charismatic sociopath Jackson Rippner on a routine flight and embroiled in an implausible plot to kill a high-ranking politician.
Danny Boyle’s 2002 zombie movie has developed quite a cult status now. Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. The movie is not a gore-fest but a study of how human beings react in situations of extreme crisis- kindness, bravery, savagery, selfishness- and how they adapt to impossible situations.
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