Split Second

  • 1999
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Made immediately after CROUPIER (1998), the film that put star Clive Owen on the international map, this made-for-BBC drama puts his intensity at the service of a domestic drama about the consequences of road rage. Lawyer Michael Anderson (Owen) is in an ugly, frustrating rut. He returned to corporate law after a venture with his old friend Ronnie (Tony...read more

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Made immediately after CROUPIER (1998), the film that put star Clive Owen on the international map, this made-for-BBC drama puts his intensity at the service of a domestic drama about the consequences of road rage.

Lawyer Michael Anderson (Owen) is in an ugly, frustrating rut. He returned to corporate law after a venture with his old friend Ronnie (Tony Curran) failed to pan out, and he hates the office politics and ambitious youngsters nipping at his heels. His wife, Angie (Helen McCrory), put her own career on hold to have children; her restlessness ensures that life at home is no oasis. And Michael's daily commute is a nightmare of congestion and aggressive driving. After an especially bad day at work, capped by an edgy phone call from Angie reminding him to pick up the makings for their dinner party, Michael gets into a pissing contest with a belligerent cyclist. In a moment of sheer fury, Michael nudges the bike; the cyclist is flung to the side of the road and killed. His decision to flee the scene takes a grim psychological toll that poisons his already fragile marriage, his friendships and his relationships with his co-workers.

Directed by UK TV veteran David Blair, SPLIT SECOND is middling psychological drama whose primary asset is Owen's intensity, though the rest of the cast is uniformly effective.

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  • Released: 1999
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Made immediately after CROUPIER (1998), the film that put star Clive Owen on the international map, this made-for-BBC drama puts his intensity at the service of a domestic drama about the consequences of road rage. Lawyer Michael Anderson (Owen) is in an… (more)

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