Shallow Grave

Before he won an Oscar for being all uplifting in Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle made his feature debut with the 1994 Shallow Grave, a lean and nasty bit of suspense about three Glasgow roomies (Ewan McGregor among them) who luck into a bag of cash left in their flat by a dead junkie. Only their luck brings no luck at all. Instead, the money’s rightful owners—and by rightful, we mean vicious gangsters—come looking for the stash. After that, bodies pile up, hands are hacked off, and three fast friends turn against one another. Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge push the mood from witty and self-satisfied to gleefully dark. The descent into chaos and violence actually portends 28 Days Later (and The Beach, for that matter). Ordinary Scottish yuppies will do anything to survive, and the polite mask of manners swiftly gives way to feral behavior. (R) BRIAN MILLER

Oct. 11-22, 7 & 9 p.m., 2009

 
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