Midlands Feature Review - Neville Rumble
By midlandsmovies, Jan 15 2017 10:28AM
Directed by Richard Miller and Lee Price
From a concept by Richard Miller and collaborative writer Lee Price comes new Midlands film Neville Rumble, a drama about fitting in and the terrible consequences of infatuation.
Social misfit Neville Rumble (a suitably awkward Ian Hencher) immerses himself in a private world of computer games whilst trying to overcome his shyness with a people skills training course.
Here he meets Lucy Springer (Alex Lochrie) but she only serves to highlight the frustrations he has with himself. Some great handheld-style camera work is edited well as we are thrust into this life of this self-conscious loner.
What begins as a study of a tongue-tied and gawky young man soon moves into darker territory and he obsessively stalks Lucy – recording her movements and collecting her cast offs. And before long his fantasy desires become a reality as the out of depth Neville acts upon his instincts and kidnaps the object of his affections/obsessions.
Filmed around Hinckley in Leicester, the film utilises familiar suburban locations but they’re given a new lease of life with well performed and realistic dialogue all seen through the eyes of the inelegant and troubled Neville. A suitable sense of eeriness is created through the addition of a moody score and a clear-cut narrative. Using a well-defined simple story has allowed the filmmakers to tackle the protagonist’s complex issues of fixation and mania.
“Everyone thinks you’re dead. Accept it”, delivers Neville as he becomes captor to a scared Lucy and with radio and TV coverage of the missing girl, the stakes are raised as she attempts to escape his cargo crate prison. Without a Stockholm syndrome in sight, Lucy riles and torments her kidnapper with harsh barbs as she tries to understand the mind of the inept criminal.
A dense and complex film, yet easily accessible and entertaining, the film throws in some twists along the way as the audience sees that torment can work both ways for Lucy and Neville yet the dark themes permeate throughout. Mental and physical torture from both sides means the film concludes with a moral ambiguity not seen in the first half of the movie.
One of the best Midlands features I’ve seen, the film is a great piece of drama – where it excels in its editing and creates interesting characters delivered by excellent actors. If you’re a fan of tense dramas or psychological studies then Neville Rumble delivers both in spades.
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