Jody (Forest Whitaker)is a British soldier on leave when he is abducted by the IRA. He is held captive outside of Belfast ready to be used in a prisoner exchange, with the IRA willing to kill him if they have to. Fergus (Stephen Rea) is the IRA volunteer whose job it is to guard Jody, and despite the circumstances, the pair become unusually close. Jody makes Fergus promise him that if he doesn’t make it out of the unfortunate situation alive, Fergus will make sure that Jody’s lover, Dil (Jaye Davidson) is looked after. Jody’s imprisonment doesn’t end quite the way Fergus or his accomplices imagined it would, but nevertheless, Fergus moves to London as Jimmy, the new name he has assumed, in a bid to keep his promise to Jody, and in his prisoner’s absence, Fergus falls for Dil and vice versa. However, he learns a big secret that Dil was hiding that may change the way he feels about her. In addition, Fergus’ IRA past catches up with him, which may further alter the way he feels about Dil, who may very well change her mind about ‘Jimmy’ if she finds out about ‘Fergus’.
The Crying Game is a very good film that’s worth was proven by the six Oscar nominations it received. It is a film that was recommended to me by my dad which already stood it in good stead. The acting was very good and the storyline was first class, and it all made for very enjoyable viewing, however what else can be said I’m not use of because the less you know about this film before going into it, the more you will enjoy it.
Stephen Rea was exceptional as Fergus/Jimmy, and fully deserved the Oscar nomination he received for his role. He had to portray so many different things that it would’ve been very easy to lose track of where he was with his character, but he didn’t and he was so wonderful to watch because of this. His character was evidently haunted by Jody’s death, and was also determined to keep his promise to the dead prisoner whilst constantly looking over his shoulder, waiting for his past to catch up with him. He faced moral dilemma after moral dilemma and he was truly brilliant to watch.
Miranda Richardson played one of Fergus’ IRA accomplices, Jude, who escaped from the massacre that occurred after Jody’s death. She was a nasty piece of work who threatened to ruin the life that Fergus had built for himself in London as Jimmy. After tracking him down, Jude blackmailed him into completing one last job, with the promise of destroying all that was close to him if he didn’t comply. Richardson’s character led to some very tense confrontations, and the final scene she was involved in was quite possibly the climax we had all been anticipating.
Also starring was Forest Whitaker, whose role was quite small but essential for all of the events that took place throughout the rest of the film. His Cockney accent needed a bit of work, but other than that he was his usual wonderful self. Jaye Davidson earned himself an Oscar nomination for his role also, so the whole film was built on some very strong performances.
The story was compelling and very hard for me to tear myself away from, however the less you know, the better for your viewing experience so you’ll just have to watch the film to discover what it is I’m raving about here.
The Crying Game is a truly magnificent piece of cinema that is most certainly worth watching. It will shock you, but in a good way, as in you never saw that coming. Please just take my word for it as I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed.