Suzy (Froggatt), a British soldier back from active service in Iraq, returns to her home on a Middlesbrough council estate scared by what she's witnessed and struggling to reconnect with her daughter and ex-serviceman husband.
The importance subject of post-traumatic stress disorder among combat veterans is awkwardly handled in Brian Welsh’s unconvincing melodrama. Returning to Tyneside from Iraq with a child’s death on her conscience, Joanne Froggatt is shunned by daughter Chloe-Jayne Wilkinson and lusted after by unsympathetic husband Mel Raido, who’s convinced she’s cheating on him with soldier Andrew Knott. But it’s their refusal to face up to their psychological problems that prompts Froggatt to tool up and head into the wilderness. She delivers an exceptional performance and the socio-political points are well intended. But the dialogue sounds scripted rather than overheard, while the shift into thriller mode feels forced and undermines the initial realism.
Despite a standout performance by Froggatt, Welsh's attempt to tackle the brutal realities of post-traumatic stress is hampered by over-scripted dialogue and an uncomfortable mid-film shift into thriller mode.