We finish up the scene from the season 1 finale. Joe’s follower stabs Ryan and Claire, stabs Claire a second time and then Ryan kills her.
Mike Weston visits Ryan at the hospital and tells him that Claire died from her injuries.
– ONE YEAR LATER –
Ryan seems to be in good health. He’s going to AA meetings. We meet his sponsor, Barry, and another AA member, Melissa. He’s also a teacher.
His niece, Max, comes over to keep him company during the 1 year anniversary of Havenport/Joe’s death/Claire’s death. There’s a party with the niece, her boyfriend, Barry, and Melissa.
On a subway train three people in Joe Carroll masks appear and start stabbing and killing the passengers. One person yells, “The resurrection is coming! Joe Carroll lives! Ryan Hardy can’t stop us!”
Mike Weston is at home, far away from New York. He was suspended awhile ago, but Agent Phillips has asked him to come back to New York and investigate the subway killings.
A young woman, Heather, is walking to her apartment door and shares flirtatious glances with a young man hanging around. He strangles her to death and lays in bed with her.
– Flashback to 8 months ago, the last time Ryan and Mike saw each other – Ryan is drunk at the bar. Mike tells him Joey is safe with his grandmother in witness protection. It’s almost time to testify before the grand jury, and Mike begs Ryan to not talk, and just say “I don’t remember” to all of the questions.
Lily Gray survived the subway attack and she talks to the FBI agents, Mike, and Ryan.
Crazy guy cooks food and dances with Heather’s dead body. Wait…there’s two! He has a twin.
Emma is in New Jersey wearing a punk, multi-color hairdo and lip piercings. She’s stunned by the attacks.
At FBI HQ, Mike uses a body scan on the surveillance footage and IDs a guy named Carlos. Agents Phillips and Mendez are trying to get Ryan’s help but he is very resistant and he leaves.
Ryan sits down with Max and goes through his case notes. Looks like these two have been working for awhile to track down Carroll. Ryan finds some information about Carlos. Max locates his most recent home address and Ryan goes to pay a visit. He doesn’t call the FBI.
Carlos says Joe escaped unharmed from the lighthouse. He was going to drive Joe away but the police road blocks caused Joe to flee the car and go off into the darkness.
After a brief scuffle Carlos gets away from Ryan and runs to Giselle’s apartment. Ryan searches Carlos’ apartment and finds a playbill with Heather’s name circled on it. He calls Max and she tells him a young woman was found dead. Emma is following Ryan and she watches him leave the apartment building.
Mike confronts Ryan at the crime scene for secluding himself after the events at the lighthouse. Heather’s body is tied to a bench with a book taped to her hands, and she’s wearing a light white dress and red lips. This is a Claire-like character from Joe’s book.
The crazy twins (Luke with the slicked back hair and Mark with the bangs) visit Carlos at Giselle’s apartment. They are worried that Ryan found some incriminating evidence at his apartment. Turns out the twins are followers of Joe Carroll but they are leaders of a rogue group that has no connection to Emma and her people.
In the last scene we see Joe Carroll walk into a random prostitute’s home. A young girl in the house calls him ‘Darryl’. He lives!
Running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan
Director: Stephen Frears
Happy New Year everyone! Here is my first movie of 2014, Philomena, and it was a great way to kick off my year.
Philomena tells the true story of Philomena Lee, who gave birth to a son during her teenage years in 1950s Ireland. Her family was ashamed and sent the young mother and baby to a convent, and from there the nuns took the baby and sold him into adoption in America. 50 years later Philomena teams up with a journalist to locate her son.
The movie poster accurately describes the two main characters as ‘unlikely companions’. Philomena (Dench) is a good-natured woman and she is still deeply religious even after the nuns sold her child during her stay at the convent. Martin Sixsmith (Coogan), a brash, straight-forward journalist, joins Philomena in the search for her son Anthony. It turns out Martin is a very vocal atheist, and he spends a lot of time bashing the Catholic Church. There’s even a couple of scenes where he travels to the convent where Philomena lived and makes some rude comments to the nuns about their religious beliefs regarding fornication, sin, and punishment.
After watching this movie I learned Steve Coogan co-wrote the adapted screenplay. To be fair, I haven’t read the book by the real Martin Sixsmith so I’m not sure how he personally feels about Catholicism, but I felt Coogan inserted his own personal beliefs in this movie and took some of the power away from Philomena’s story. Sometimes I felt this movie was shown in two different viewpoints: Martin’s view of how people should act and treat others, and Philomena’s more tolerant view that people should live in a way that brings them peace.
Despite my gripe with Martin, I enjoyed this movie as a whole. The closeness that developed between Philomena and Martin was very believable, especially after watching them travel from their hometown of London, and then to Ireland where the convent is located, and finally to the U.S. where Anthony was raised.
Judi Dench gives an admirable performance as a woman who is inspiring rather than pitiful and weepy or angry and bitter. She portrays Philomena with multiple layers and a wide variety of emotions, which you would expect from a woman who enjoyed her teenage sexual encounter even though it led to her being an unwed mother. She is still religious even though the convent sold her child. And she still hopes to hug a son that she hasn’t seen in 50 years. Make sure you bring a tissue to use in the second half of the movie.
Did you see Philomena? Let me know what you thought about it!