Young Adam


Action / Crime / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 62%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 50%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 12213


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Tilda Swinton as Ella Gault
Ewan McGregor as Joe Taylor
Emily Mortimer as Cathie Dimly
Rory McCann as Sam
756.82 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 38 min
P/S 3 / 12

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by PimpinAinttEasy 10 / 10

Loved the setting and the actors .....

I saw the film first. And then read the book by Alexander Trocchi. When I first watched the film, I did not realize how dirty it was. It took a reading of the novel to make me realize that it was a film based on a seriously seedy novel.

The film starts off on a barge on which the homely looking Tilda Swinton is seduced by a drifter (Ewan Mcgregor) who works on the barge. Swinton who owns the barge tells her husband (Peter Mullan, who also works on the barge) to leave and Mcgregor takes over as her full time lover. But he is soon bored by her mediocre and pedestrian ways. We are also shown his earlier life when his girlfriend accidentally dies. Mcgregor is in a moral quandary when an innocent man is accused of his girlfriend's "murder". But he simply drifts through the trial and proceeds to sleep with Swinton's sister. He sleeps around and does what he wants to while an innocent man is sentenced for the "murder".

I guess we are supposed to be shocked by the immoral ways of the protagonist. But Alexander Trocchi was a heroin addict in real life who lived off his prostitute wife. So I wouldn't be surprised if all this really happened to him. He inspired future Scottish writers like Irvine Welsh whose books are seriously messed up. Most of these writers are messed up people. Nothing wrong with that. Literature and art are not for the timid.

I loved the film's setting. I have not seen too many films that take place on a barge. There are some really beautiful locations like the inn where Mullan and Mcgregor drink at during a stopover. The love making scenes with Swinton and Mcgregor are terrific. It is a very erotic film. I strongly recommend it.


Reviewed by cheergal 8 / 10

Beyond the fate of life

This movie lingered in my thought after watching it. I could sense the plain and straightforward story line with coincident twists of fates could make a memorable impression. Although the movie named Young Adam had little bearings on the character's name. He in some degrees liked the first man God created who's not able to foresee the outcome after seducing by human temptations. He indeed tried to mend it after all. Nevertheless, the end prevailed to be in vain. So he had to move on with seedy regrets for the rest of his life.

This story might serve as a cautious tale to audience. Much to the real life, Joe was a careless and sexual desire driven young man. He might want to be a responsible and caring person in the future. Nonetheless, his senses always succumbed to his sexual desire. From the time being, he might outgrow his immaturity and become a befitting husband and father. Haven't we all met someone like him? However, what happened to him unexpectedly changed his life profoundly. He would never become the man he would like to be.

The story slowly revealed his relationship with the dead woman paralleling somehow confused me. I would rather show it in a reverse way i.e. showing their sexual encounter on the deck in the beginning would starkly indicate the rocky and unfulfilled relationship he had and his desire to leave it behind. By judging the character, Ewan's performance was well done. His moral struggles prompted him seeking more impromptu sexual encounters. Moreover, he found himself in the obligations beyond his intention. This movie stroke me with some similarities in Woody's "Match Point". Are there always men like this in the real world still? Regardless the trajectory of dramatized coincidences, this is a good movie because it reminded us those people we ever met.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 6 / 10

confused storytelling muddies up tension

It's the 50s Scotland. Joe Taylor (Ewan McGregor) and Les Gault (Peter Mullan) find a dead body in the water. The cops come and start an investigation. Joe starts flirting and having sex with Les' wife Ella (Tilda Swinton). The movie has many flashbacks which reveals that Joe was sleeping with the dead woman Cathie Dimly (Emily Mortimer).

The confused way of storytelling is deliberate and I wonder if it would be better to be a little clearer. Even a little thing like the year would be helpful. They need to explain that Joe is staying with Gaults. I thought they were related until Joe starts flirting with Ella. It would also be helpful to directly identify the dead body as Cathie Dimly right away. The flashbacks are not obvious at first which just leads to more confusions. If the connections are made more clear, the tension wouldn't be so muddied. The story does take a very compelling turn and finishes with a good ending.

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