Lamb | Chicago Reader


Colin Gregg's film (1985) is all worked up about the possibilities (dim) for goodness in an evil, corrupt world, yet the champion he gives us—a Catholic religious brother (Liam Neeson) who runs away with one of the boys from the reformatory where he works, opening himself up to kidnapping charges—is so moronically impulsive that we cease to wonder early on why there aren't any contemporary saints; evidently they're too dumb to live. Gregg dawdles endlessly over the allegedly touching relationship between the oafish, naive monk and the boy (a foul-mouthed little monster of ten who has epileptic fits whenever the plot needs a boost), apparently unaware that American television has already done this sentimental duo to death. The ending is meant to shock and move us with its profound pessimism, but all it does is suggest that there's a streak of Uebermensch presumptuousness behind the film's drippy rhetoric. With Ian Bannen, and Frances Tomelty.

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