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What to see with the charismatic Colin Farrell
What to see with the charismatic Colin Farrell

One of the sexiest actors in Hollywood turns 43 on May 31.

What to see with the charismatic Colin Farrell
What to see with the charismatic Colin Farrell

For the Irishman Colin Farrell, the glory of the screen bad guy was fixed. He often starred in crime detective films, starting with the drama Miami Police. Department of Morals "and ending with the second season of" True Detective ". Twice Farrell played the central characters in the films of the famous Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, a recognized master of criminal black comedies.

Nevertheless, among the works of Farrell there is a place for fiction (Minority Report, Total Recall) and romantic dramas (New World, Ondine).

A distinctive feature of the actor is an expressive appearance and a kind of charm. For example, playing the Auror Percival Graves in the first Fantastic Beasts, Colin brought so much of his own charisma and charisma to this minor character that he easily stole the hearts of Potter fans around the world.

1. Country of tigers

  • USA, 2000.
  • War film, drama.
  • Duration: 98 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 0.

Colin Farrell played his first significant role in Joel Schumacher's war drama. Prior to that, the young actor starred only in small film projects.

The action takes place during the Vietnam War in a training camp for recruits. Future soldiers undergo unbearably complex training to make soulless killing machines out of them.

But everything changes when the rebel Roland Bozz (Colin Farrell) enters the camp. This character is a staunch pacifist. And he intends to do everything in his power not to get on the battlefield.

Colin's acting work was highly praised by critics. Young Farrell received the Boston Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actor and the London Film Critics Society for Best Debut.

2. Telephone booth

  • USA, 2002.
  • Thriller.
  • Duration: 81 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 1.

The action of the chamber thriller by Joel Schumacher takes place in one small location - a telephone booth in New York (although the film was filmed in Los Angeles). Narcissistic advertising agent Stuart Shepard (Colin Farrell) finds himself in a difficult situation. An unknown person, speaking in the voice of actor Kiefer Sutherland, promises to shoot the main character with a rifle if he does not call his wife with a confession that he is cheating on her.

Jim Carrey was considered for the main role, but the famous comedian flatly refused to participate. Then Schumacher invited the young Farrell to the project, with whom they had already worked together in the "Land of the Tigers".

3. Recruit

  • USA, 2003.
  • Action, crime, drama, thriller.
  • Duration: 115 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6, 6.

James Clayton (Colin Farrell), a graduate student at the Technical University, is an extremely talented programmer and professional hacker. At some point, the special services begin to take an interest in the young men.

CIA officer Walter Burke (Al Pacino) offers James a job for the state. And in return, the young man will be able to find out the truth about his father, who disappeared many years ago.

4. New World

  • USA, UK, 2005.
  • Drama, historical film.
  • Duration: 135 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6, 7.

The historical drama of the living classic - the remarkable visionary director Terrence Malick - unfolds in the 17th century, when the British were just beginning to explore the territory of America. One of the first settlers, Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) falls in love with Pocahontas, the daughter of an Indian chief.

For the role of veteran John Smith - a real historical figure - Colin Farrell read all of his books, written on his return to England. Unfortunately, despite Malik's talented direction and Emmanuel Lubezky's unrivaled cinematography, the film flopped at the box office and barely paid for its production.

5. Lay low in Bruges

  • UK, USA, 2007.
  • Black comedy, crime, drama.
  • Duration: 107 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 9.

The main characters are assassins Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson). Due to the fact that Ray just failed an important mission, the boss (Rafe Fiennes) sends companions to the picturesque Belgian town of Bruges. There, the killers have only one task: not to stick out, sit quietly and wait for instructions. And while Ken admires the surroundings, Ray suffers remorse and dies of boredom.

Martin McDonagh's crime comedies are often compared to the films of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie, but the Irish playwright has definitely created his own unique style. His films are at the same time a comedy full of witty dialogues, and a satire, and a drama, and a tense psychological thriller.

To date, the role of Ray, for which Colin Farrell received the Golden Globe, can be called the pinnacle of the actor's creative skills.

6. Cassandra's dream

Cassandra's Dream

  • USA, UK, 2007.
  • Drama, thriller, crime, detective.
  • Duration: 108 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6, 7.

Woody Allen's crime drama follows two brothers who dream of a better life. Terry (Colin Farrell) is an avid gambler, and Ian (Ewan McGregor) has a crush on a pretty girl and wants his own hotel business in California. To get money, the brothers decide to kill and successfully carry out it.

And if Ian takes what happened cool enough, then his brother Terry really worries about what he did. He is so tormented by a sense of guilt for the crime committed that he plunges into an impenetrable depression.

7. Undine

  • USA, Ireland, 2009.
  • Drama, fantasy.
  • Duration: 111 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6, 8.

The protagonist of the romantic film by Neil Jordan (director of Interview with the Vampire) is the lone fisherman Syracuse (Colin Farrell). His life is spent in daily worries, and his only daughter Annie is confined to a wheelchair. One day the hero finds an unusual "fish" in the nets: a beautiful girl who does not remember anything at all about her past.

Syracuse leaves a stranger in her house. Meanwhile, Annie is sure that the girl is actually a mermaid who, according to Irish mythology, brings good luck and happiness.

8. Seven psychopaths

  • UK, 2012.
  • Comedy, drama, crime.
  • Duration: 110 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 2.

The black comedy "Seven Psychopaths" is the second collaboration between Martin McDonagh and Colin Farrell. The actor got the central role again. This time he played the young playwright Marty, who is experiencing a creative crisis - perhaps the most normal person in the world of dangerous madmen depicted in the film.

Unbeknownst to the writer, he finds himself embroiled in a dog kidnapping by his friend, unemployed actor Billy (Sam Rockwell). The trouble is that the dog belongs to the cruel gangster Charlie (Woody Harrelson), who is obsessed with his pet.

According to the director, the plot of the film was formed from several stories that he wrote even before the shooting of the film "Lay Down in Bruges". In his second film, McDonagh cast his favorite actors. Among them were those with whom he had long dreamed of working - Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Harry Dean Stanton.

9. Save Mr. Banks

  • USA, UK, Australia, 2013.
  • Biographical film, tragicomedy.
  • Duration: 125 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 5.

A touching story of the creation of a Disney musical about Mary Poppins, based on real events, in which there was a place for both the funny and the sad. For many years, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) dreamed of getting the rights to the film adaptation of Mary Poppins. Finally, writer Pamela Travers (Emma Thompson), on the brink of ruin, agrees to come to Los Angeles, where a creative and personal conflict erupts between her and Disney.

The story is accompanied by flashbacks to Pamela's past, where the truth about where the beloved characters came from is hidden. The main place in the writer's memories is occupied by her father Travers Goff, whose role was brilliantly played by Colin Farrell. Goff is the ideal father, dreamer and inventor. But his addiction to alcohol eventually leads to tragic consequences.

10. True detective

  • USA, 2014 - present.
  • Detective, crime, drama, neo-noir, southern gothic.
  • Duration: 3 seasons.
  • IMDb: 9, 0.

True Detective is one of the most exciting and talented TV series ever released. The first season, in which two Louisiana State Police detectives tried to solve a mysterious murder case, earned rave reviews from critics.

The main scene of the second season was California. Detectives from three cooperating police departments are investigating a series of crimes related to what they believe to be the murder of corrupt city manager Ben Kasper.

Detective Raymond Velkoro (Colin Farrell) is a man with a dire fate. After his wife was raped and gave birth to a son, the hero closed in on himself. Nevertheless, he tries to be a good father and adores his child to self-forgetfulness. The hallmark of Velkoro is that, despite all his faults, he is capable of self-sacrifice for the sake of others.

The second season was less successful than the first and did not receive any awards. The audience lacked both the Louisiana Gothic atmosphere from the first season and the catchy plot. But it's worth watching at least for the sake of a powerful acting team: Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn as a crime boss.

11. Lobster

  • Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, France, Netherlands, 2015.
  • Drama, black comedy, fantasy, dystopia.
  • Duration: 118 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 1.

The action of the film of one of the most distinctive directors of our time, Yorgos Lanthimos, takes place in an indefinite future. People who have failed to start a family are forcibly sent to a certain hotel. There they are given 45 days to find a mate. And if they do not succeed, then they are turned into animals.

The main character, played by Colin Farrell, wants to become a lobster in case of failure. At first he, like everyone else, submits to an absurd system, but then he rebelles and tries to resist it. For his role, Farrell won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

It is impossible not to mention the rest of the striking cast of the film. In addition to the leading actor Farrell, the film stars Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, John C. Riley and Lea Seydoux.

12. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • UK, USA, 2016.
  • Adventure, fantasy, family.
  • Duration: 133 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 3.

Spin-off "Harry Potter" tells about the events that took place 65 years before the start of the main saga. The action takes place in the 1920s in the United States. The film tells about the adventures of the magical zoologist Newt Scamander. He arrives in New York with a suitcase full of rare magical creatures. As a result, Salamander will find himself embroiled in a whirlpool of amazing and dangerous adventures, and will also find loyal friends.

Colin Farrell is lucky to be part of the wizarding world of the Potter. The actor played Percival Graves, the head of the US Department of Magical Security. His strange relationship with an orphan named Credence Barebone is the main intrigue of the film, which will be revealed closer to the finale.

13. Killing a sacred deer

  • UK, USA, Ireland, 2017.
  • Drama, horror, psychological thriller.
  • Duration: 109 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7, 0.

Once in the peaceful life of a successful heart surgeon Stephen Murphy (Colin Farrell), an uninvited guest, a teenager Martin, intervenes. The fact is that, through Stephen's fault, the boy's father died on the surgical table. And now, one after another, misfortunes are falling on the doctor's family.

The essence of what is happening is hinted at by the title of the picture, which refers to an ancient Greek myth. When King Agamemnon accidentally killed a deer belonging to Artemis, the offended goddess demanded to sacrifice the royal daughter.

In "Killing a Sacred Deer" you can find all the characteristic features of the director's handwriting Lanthimos: an absurd atmosphere, aloof acting, elaborate dialogues. In addition to the brilliant Farrell, Nicole Kidman's play can be noted. Together in the same year they played in another major project - "The Fatal Temptation" by Sofia Coppola.

Also, the picture was adorned with his work by the young Irish actor Barry Keoghan, known for his strong dramatic role in the film by Christopher Nolan "Dunkirk". And not so long ago, Barry appeared in a major HBO project - the series "Chernobyl".

14. Fatal temptation

  • USA, 2017.
  • Drama, western.
  • Duration: 93 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6, 3.

The film is set during the American Civil War. One of the pupils of the boarding house for girls finds in the woods a badly wounded corporal of the army of the northerners, John McBurney (Colin Farrell). And although the rules require him to be immediately handed over to the army of southerners, the owner of the boarding house Martha (Nicole Kidman) allows the soldier to stay for a while to improve his health. This leads to the fact that love passions unfold in the boarding house: after all, the handsome John has sunk into the heart of almost every woman living in the house who is hungry for male attention.

Oscar winner Sofia Coppola set out to reshoot the 1971 film Deceived from a woman's perspective. This is not to say what she did: the remake differs from the original only visually, but not ideologically. And the reason to watch it is rather wonderful actors. In addition to Kidman and Farrell, the film stars such stars as Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

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