Excerpt: Present-day Ireland. Richard Karlsen (Jack Reynor) is eighteen years old, a star rugby player and the only child of a well-off family. You know the type: charismatic, at the centre of his group of friends, the world his oyster, fully expecting to make a name for himself. It's the summer after the end of school and before he goes to University and he's determined to enjoy himself.
Conclusion: Lenny Abrahamson's What Richard Did is a fantastic film, one of the very best I have seen this year. There have been other impressive films that tackle similar subjects, but this is the most sincere and complete one. Life and tragedies happen exactly as depicted by Abrahamson. Artificial Eye's technical presentation is outstanding. I strongly encourage you to consider adding this film to your collections. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: What Richard Did has such a portentous title that its easygoing narrative setup feels initially deceptive. Lenny Abrahamson's film follows Richard Carlsen (Jack Reynor), a good-natured, popular 18-year-old rugby player whose bright future is crushed when he inadvertently kills a teammate, Conor (Sam Keeley). Throughout its first half, the film carefully establishes Richard's honorable qualities, though it never puts him through any particularly challenging moral tests.