From Little Dorrit on the small screen to a luminous Wrecker on the silver screen

From Little Dorrit on the small screen to a luminous Wrecker on the silver screen

Wreckers (15)

Verdict: Village of the dull

Wreckers is a small, much too leisurely British film notable mainly for the luminous performance of Claire Foy, so memorable as Little Dorrit in the television adaptation.

Dull: Wreckers is not up to much but Claire Foy is luminous

Dull: Wreckers is not up to much but Claire Foy is luminous

She plays a young wife anxious to havea baby, who moves with husband David (Benedict Cumberbatch) to a ramshackle house in his childhood village.

Here, through exposure to the locals and his mentally disturbed brother (Shaun Evans) who comes to stay without an invitation, she discovers unappetising truths about the village, her husband and his antecedents.

Female writer-director D. R.Hood has made a competent first feature, but it’s a piece for actors rather than audience.

The revelations are not startling or powerful enough, and the plotting runs out of steam well before the end.