*** (out of four)
In the first few minutes of "Tyrannosaur," a man kicks a dog to death, and another man urinates on his sleeping wife. If you're someone who goes to the movies to have a good time, there's the exit.
Their loss. The feature directing debut from actor
Considine underlines certain points a few too many times—a bachelorette party helping Hannah reach out to James screams, "Ironic, ay?"—and overdoes it on the foreshadowing involving a dangerous dog and Joseph's young friend Sam (Samuel Bottomley). Mullan and Colman, heartbreaking in different ways, hold it all together. Hannah's hanging on by a thread; Joseph's gradually realizing how he defines atonement and stability. They're the anchors of the film's scary, tightly wound world, in which everyone's spring is dangerously close to being sprung.