Because of a scandal involving her son, Sandra is the center of attention in the media and she hates it. Her life is not seeing much joy and constantly being reminded of the scandal doesn't help. Now she's being interviewed about the whole thing and can't seem to keep her emotions straight.
A recent acquisition by BrinkVision is this Irish drama, which came as a surprise to me since it's a movie that doesn't come at you with force, but with slowly pounding realism. It's heavily driven by dialogue in form of interviews, mixed in with flashbacks, but rarely does it overwhelm you graphically but rather emotionally. I enjoy getting into these reviews, but they can also be hard to get right because unlike some mindless horror movies, this forces you to dig into your own personal feelings - because personal feelings can definitely play a huge part in how a dramatic feature like this works.
Sandra has became the center of attention to media due to her son's involvement in a huge scandal. Her son had kidnapped a young boy and kept him in a house, where he took care of him. Sandra has agreed to be part of an interview but is not mentally ready to open up to the things that have happened - things that she was not part of personally but which have turned people against her. She's a troubled, angry soul desperate to get her rest, but stirring the pot by being in these interviews is certainly not making things easier for her.
The interviews with Sandra takes up half of the movie, and the other half consists of her son's time with the kidnapped boy. The mix between the two couldn't have been any better, as we're equally curious about both and they complement each other really well. The movie doesn't force you to understand everything, instead you learn pieces of the story (plot-wise and their mental state and reasoning) by getting a sense of their emotions. Both Sandra and her son are deeply troubled people but they're not intentionally bad people. They're as humanely flawed as they come, which I believe is the key to this movie.
Truth be told, the story isn't anything major. It's not bad as they kept it realistic, but it wasn't the strongest part of "Snap". It seemed more like a thrown in scenario to get these people to act out. I'm sort of glad that the scandal actually didn't go beyond kidnapping, though, as this way it at least managed to have an ending that appealed to the softer part of me - rather than movies always going for the darkest, bleakest and most depressing end to every dramatic story. But still, something about the story just never got to me as much as the characters within it, and that might be a testament to the strength of the performances, but I am certain that the less-than-extraordinary story had something to do with it as well.
Now let's get to the real reason I enjoyed "Snap". Aisling O'Sullivan is phenomenal - you simply can't ask for a more solid performance than Aisling as Sandra. It's what kept me hooked from the very first minute. She's angry, rude and foul-mouthed, but at the same time deeply disturbed and vulnerable. She is exactly the ruined personality you'd expect to see after being "raped" by media. Sure, she probably wasn't the greatest before the scandal either, but you can't help but struggle with her. I'm not trying to take anything away from the rest of the actors by praising Aisling, they are all outstanding. Stephen Moran as the son, Stephen, and Eileen Walsh as Sandra's friend, both deserve special mentions. Eileen Walsh comes in as a more fun character in an an otherwise dark existence.
I'm not entirely sure on the details of when "Snap" was finished, but if the year on IMDb is anything to go by, then I am very happy that BrinkVision has gotten their hands on it. The movie deserves to go out to a large audience, even if just a part of them will allow it to get them emotionally. "Snap" could have been pretty bare and weak, as I don't feel the story itself is much to tell, but with amazing dialogue and performances it takes a few steps above your typical indie drama. And please, someone, make sure to give Aisling O'Sullivan many lead roles to come.