“I was overwhelmed by the power of this place. But I made a mistake, too. I didn't have enough respect for that power and it's out now.” Jurassic Park, not Wetherspoons. Directed by Paddy Considine, Tyrannosaur is the story of Joseph, a man plagued by violence and rage after losing his wife to diabetes, and it’s driving him to self-destruction. A chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, who on the outside – a Christian charity shop worker – could be the woman to drag him from such turmoil. Trouble is, she more damaged then he is. Love and friendship really can be found in the darkest of places.
Considine has written and directed a bleak but memorable film, sometimes bordering on farcical, grounded in a gloomy world we can all familiarise with. It’s that area of town you don’t venture to at night. You’ll know at least one of the characters too – probably most of them – and their lives are so undeniably miserable you’ll never look at the punters in Wetherspoons in the same light again. It’s to Considine’s creed that we actually emphasise with Joseph. Both leads offer outstanding performances, with Olivia Colman’s abused Hannah the most heart-breaking. Not an easy watch but Tyrannosaur is essential viewing all the same. You can make it if you run.” DW