Restless (2012) Review

Verdict: Impressive

Thrilling story with great acting and directing.


Ruth Gilmartin (Michelle Dockery) visits her mother Sally Gilmartin (Charlotte Rampling) one day and discovers that her mother’s real name is Eva Delectorskaya (Hayley Atwell), and that she was a British spy during the war. Recruited by Lucas Romer (Rufus Sewell), she worked with Sylvia (Thekla Reuten), Morris (Adrian Scarborough), Alfie (Kevin Guthrie) and Angus (Tom Brooke) to fabricate stories for the Germans to pick up. Eva is certain that her past has caught up with her and that her death is imminent. Directed by Edward Hall.

Having been introduced to Atwell in the Captain America movies, I have become quite a fan. I loved her in Agent Carter and hope for the series to continue regularly; so was very interested to find that she was in a movie – a TV movie but still a movie nonetheless. I have also become a fan of Dockery’s, whom I first saw in Downton Abbey, and I think these two are my favourite British actresses, in historical dramas anyway. So the acting is great, though Atwell can not really pass as Russian, plus her ‘Russian’ accent changed too fast to be believable.

Also, I like the atmosphere of the past better than the present. It feels more authentic, and there was more action there I guess. I was not as interested in the present than I was of the past and the events that happened. But the juxtaposition of the two times was done really well. Action scenes were executed impressively as well with some very thrilling sequences.

I’m not really sure what the significance of Ruth’s son was, and her relationship with Karl-Heinz (Alexander Fehling) because maybe it added some depth to her character but the characters seem kind of pointless. Also, it added some confusion to the story as I was wondering what he was involved in when it didn’t really affect the main story anyway.

I did not much like the ending as well. The music makes me think something bad happens but it just ends. So yea, I was hoping for a better ending. I like how the story concluded, but the ending scenes just felt like something was missing.

To sum-up:
PROS: Acting, story, juxtaposition of times, atmosphere
CONS: Useless characters (?), ending

I give this an 8/10.

Have you seen Restless (TV movie)? Rate it out of 5 stars above or leave a comment below!


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