Movie Review: A Landscape of Lies (Director’s Cut)

We have a review today of a slightly controversial movie that you may or may not have heard of, Landscape of Lies This never-before-seen Directors Cut edition for 2018 of the unreleased 2011 feature film that was only ever screened at 3 film festivals throughout 2012, so we checked it out.

After a fairly violent opening to the film, A Landscape of Lies tells the story of Jacob who is inflicted with PTSD after spending his time in the Gulf war, as he tries to adjust to being back in the UK and is helped along by his former commanding officer, Hilt.

Behind the scenes of A Landscape of Lies (Paul Knight London Knights Productions)

Behind the scenes (Paul Knight London Knights Productions)

But after Hilt is murdered by a serial killer, Jacob’s reality comes crashing down, Jacob decides that the only thing that he can now do is find out who the killer was and to help bring closure for Louise, Hilt’s widow, after the murder. Jacob then goes head to head with DCI Lane and his partners Sergeant Egan and DC Carter as he tries to discover the killer his life starts to mix with the suspects, such as East End villain and property tycoon Brannigan Woods, Marcus Clancy a workaholic who has put a strain on his marriage to his wife Claire, who is also cheating on him, and their rebellious daughter, Hannah.

Andre McLean and Danny Midwinter

Andre McLean and Danny Midwinter

Thrown into the mix is Dr Audrey Grey, the couple’s therapist who is trying to do her job and keep the family together, while at the same time her life is slowly edging its way to self-destruction with only the help of her receptionist, Suzy, to help her through her hard times.

Jacob discovers that not everything is how he thought it was and very much like a chess game he is getting distracted before the final blow.

Midwinter at Merton - Behind the scenes (Paul Knight London Knights Productions)

Midwinter at Merton – Behind the scenes (Paul Knight London Knights Productions)

It’s interesting watching an listening to A Landscape as Lies, the film was shot on Shot on DSLR Cameras (Canon 5D MKII), It’s great to see films made with these cameras and they have certainly given the film a look that makes it seem a down to earth British movie.

I found the sound in the movie on several scenes that it had some hissing that may or may not be due to the recording equipment, but then again it made the film even more gritty and a down to earth movie.

Anna Passey & Mel Mills

Anna Passey & Mel Mills

This is a movie that will be liked by fans of the genre, the characters are notably written with an interest from the writer, OK not all the acting is on par with a big Hollywood blockbuster, but considering the cost of making the movie and the history that surrounds it, it’s not that bad. I couldn’t say if there is much difference between the original cut and this director’s cut, but I did enjoy the film gritty feel.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham