Plot strands are introduced and then dropped almost instantly, the most bizarre of which being the strong hint that Jack's nephew possess the same supernatural ability as him. Aside from Sheehan, none of the other cast are serviced. Fox, Merchant and Joely Richardson as an unnamed psychiatrist flail at the hand of their underwritten characters, while Lily Cole crops up as Jack's sister, who's bored by her white picket fence lifestyle and concerned for Jack, although not concerned enough to do much for him apart from offer him a bed. Doused in dark and murky colours by Blair, The Messenger has no life or spark to it, failing to provide an in for the audience, who remain on the outside looking in for the entirety of its bland existence.
Jamie Neish | @EmptyScreens