Friday, March 11, 2016

Sally Lockhart Mystery: The Shadow in the North 2008

     This movie is based on a novel by Philip Pullman and it is a sequel to The Ruby in the Smoke taking place six years later.  It’s unusual for a woman to be working as a financial consultant in Victorian England of 1878 but Sally Lockhart has her own business.  One of her clients lost money in a company called the Anglo-Baltic and Sally had advised her this was a good investment.  Sally stands behind her advice and this case calls for an investigation.  Sally joins forces with her detective friends Fred and Jim to solve the mystery of why this company had two ships sink and one impounded. 
     Sally Lockhart doesn’t buckle under intimidation.  When she asks for the money to pay back her client, she doesn’t take no for an answer and she preservers.  This is like a modern mystery with the Victorian setting.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)
94 min, Adventure directed by John Alexander with Billie Piper, JJ Field, Julian Rhind-Tutt, John Standing, Lyndsey Marshal, Dona Croll, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, David Harewood, Hayley Atwell.

Note:  Imdb 6.5 out of 10, 50% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.0* out of 5* with 20 reviews.

Special Note:  Filmed in Kent and London, England, UK.  Jared Harris had the role of Lane Pryce in the Mad Men TV Series from 2009-2012.  His job at the advertising agency was to manage company revenues and control costs.  In this film, his character is the former owner of the Anglo-Baltic Company.

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