11 user 28 critic

The Messenger (2015)

1:36 | Trailer
We all want to believe in life after death and imagine loved ones looking over us, feel their presence in a draft of air, or the faint essence of a familiar smell. It's what we crave, ... See full summary »


1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A single moment in time. A guy and a girl, recently split up from a long-term relationship get back together for one night. But love and loathing form a precarious mix for these young lovers as they navigate the rough terrain of life.

Directors: Greer Ellison, Merlin Merton
Stars: Robert Sheehan, Rosie Day
Three Summers (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The new ensemble romantic comedy written and directed by Ben Elton.

Director: Ben Elton
Stars: Robert Sheehan, Rebecca Breeds, Michael Caton
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young man with Tourette's Syndrome embarks on a road trip with his recently-deceased mother's ashes.

Director: Gren Wells
Stars: Zoë Kravitz, Robert Patrick, Dev Patel
Dicky (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A tragi-comic adaptation of the opening testimony before the descent into despair, of a homeless, Shakespearian 'Richard III' set in the modern day backdrop of Skid Row, Los Angeles.

Directors: Mobolaji Olaoniye, Toby Robson
Stars: Robert Sheehan
Jet Trash (2016)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Lee and Sol are hiding out on a beach in Southern India living a slacker life of sex, drugs and parties. Trouble comes to paradise when Vix, a beautiful girl from Lee's past, turns up. ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Henri Belleville
Stars: Sofia Boutella, Robert Sheehan, Jasper Pääkkönen
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Music collector Ollie Sway recruits his only friend, a rowdy Russian drifter, to help him steal a 78 record from his own family's estate.

Director: Ari Gold
Stars: Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan, Isabelle McNally


Credited cast:
DCI Keane
Police Officer
Rhys Connah ...
Young Jack
Oliver Heald ...
Jumping man
Imogen King ...
Young Emma


We all want to believe in life after death and imagine loved ones looking over us, feel their presence in a draft of air, or the faint essence of a familiar smell. It's what we crave, knowing they wait for us. But Jack isn't waiting - they won't leave him alone. Some might call Jack a troubled soul, at odds with the world, unable to conform. If you saw him in the pub - disheveled and drunk, talking to himself - you'd stay well away, think he was disturbed somehow, crazy. But Jack has a sharp mind and a razor wit. It's not that he doesn't want to live a normal life, he can't. They won't let him. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

25 September 2015 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


Part of this film was filmed at Woodford Aerodrome. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Slow burn psycho supernatural mystery
24 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

The Messenger is a slow burn, psycho supernatural mystery.

Jack, played by Robert Sheehan, is a medium, of a scruffy, unkempt, variety. Jack's abilities have not made him rich or famous. Instead, Jack is marginalized by society and in an real sense, condemned by his talent. Jack leads a life of dispossession and isolation.

This film, in large part, takes place inside Jacks head. The plot builds ever so subtly and there are segues that make you question what exactly is taking place. The question of who and what Jack is, is as much a mystery as the unfolding story of a murdered journalist. Is Jack in fact in possession of supernatural abilities that let him talk to the murdered reporter or is he, more plausibly, mentally ill?

The story is explained, in part, by references to Jacks past. The movement between the past and present can be somewhat disorientating. For me this was one of the few annoyances in this film but a necessary one when the films conclusion is finally reached.

The acting, especially Sheehans performance, is remarkable. Sheehan makes you empathize with and in an odd way, appreciate and understand Jack, especially when his past is brought to bear on his current predicament.

All in all this is really worthwhile, very human story. Its not for the impatient so if you like you rewards early on this film may not be for you. If, however, you are willing to take the time, you may come to see what an excellent, if understated work, The Messenger is. Nine out of ten from me.

14 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page