A married couple move back to his childhood village to start a family but a surprise visit from the husband’s brother ignites sibling rivalry and exposes the lies embedded in the couple’s relationship.
In Wreckers, Benedict stars as David, a teacher who is happily married to Dawn (also a teacher, and who is played wonderfully by Claire Foy). Within ten minutes of meeting the couple, we were then introduced to David’s brother Nick (Shaun Evans) – a slightly volatile guy, who has recently returned from a warzone, and who seems to have suffered mental trauma from his time there.
Over the course of the drama, rivalries between the brothers and secrets kept appear to cause Dawn to doubt her relationship with David, and bring to light certain tensions between the pair. Events that occur between the brothers also leave the audience wondering whether it is just Nick who has issues or indeed both of them, as David begins to show elements of a dark side to his personality – including snippets that are revealed about their childhoods whilst growing up and violent elements that have occurred within their previous relationship.
The drama is wonderfully acted out by the three main characters – Benedict deftly switches between vulnerability and a much darker personality, showing that David isn’t all that he seems. Claire Foy is marvelous as Dawn, the wife looking in at a damaged relationship between brothers, whilst also dealing with her own problems. Shaun Evans portrays the damaged soul within Nick very well, yet somehow makes him seem vulnerable as he suffers flashbacks to his previous life at war.
Whilst I did enjoy this drama, I would have liked to have seen more of David and Dawn’s life and background, before the arrival of Nick – it seemed a little rushed, and I didn’t feel that we got to know the characters before the arrival of the wilder younger brother. That was my only minor niggle though – the acting was brilliant, and the drama is beautifully shot, somehow making a shell of a house look very beautiful – the area this was filmed in is simply gorgeous, and good use of the location was made.
Rating – 8/10