Let Us Prey (2014)

Directed by Brian O’Malley. Written by David Cairns and Fiona Watson. Starring Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh, Bryan Larkin, Hanna Stanbridge and Douglas Russell.

Plot: a mysterious stranger arrives in a small Irish police station and all hell breaks loose.

Constable Rachel Heggie (McIntosh) wakes up from a nightmare and then heads off to her work at a desolate, seaside, Irish police station. She sees a man hit another man with his car, but when she stops to help the supposed injured man has disappeared. Nevertheless, she takes the other man into custody. When they arrive at the station, they are greeted not-so-warmly by two other officers, Jennifer Mundie (Stanbridge) and Jack Warnock (Larkin). They already have another prisoner in custody for beating his wife. And then the strange man that got hit by the car walks into the station and shit intensifies severely.

First, the man (Cunningham) refuses to give his name. Second, a doctor is called to take a look at him, but when the doctor gets there, he inexplicably attacks the stranger and gets put in a cell of his own. Third, he makes everyone in the place see things that they’ve done wrong and it creeps everyone out so much that they put him in a cell, too. That is, everyone sees something bad except Rachel, who only seems to see herself as a distressed child.

This small town is full of bad people. Fucked up people. Murderers more specifically. But somehow, the story works. It’s innovative, the motive is good, the ending is good and the acting is good. The story is strange, but there’s a message there and we like it. The ending really sticks with you. Slight warning: it’s a little slow to get up off the ground, but keep with it. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Our score: 64.

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