Jack Reynor in Glassland

Last seen playing a heroically hunky rally driver in Transformers: Age of Extinction, Jack Reynor gets behind the wheel again for gritty Irish drama Glassland, but this time the setting couldn’t be more grimly realistic. He’s John, a young Dublin taxi driver stoically working nights in order to support his alcoholic mother (Toni Collette). But with his mum fiercely drinking herself to death, the strain of being her carer is pushing him to breaking point… Making his second feature, 27-year-old writer-director Gerard Barrett imbues his film with a sense of painfully oppressive claustrophobia and dysfunction. Not everything works. A plot strand involving sex trafficking feels forced and a miscast, not fully convincing Collette hits some wrong notes along the way. Reynor, though, is superb, and his tightly wound, taciturn performance lets us feel the clenched desperation of the young cabbie’s plight.

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Certificate 15. Runtime 93 mins. Director Gerard Barrett.