Brandon (Michael Fassbender) likes to walk round his apartment naked, todger swinging. (It’s impressive. If he had bells on his knees he could do an impression of Big Ben.) Brandon also likes to exercise his member on porn, prostitutes, cyber-sex and one-night stands. He knows it’s empty but he can’t seem to stop. Then his sister, nightclub singer Sissy (Carey Mulligan), turns up to stay, uninvited. She’s emotionally needy.
That’s the plot, really, because director/co-writer Steve McQueen is from the ‘auteur’ school that’s more interested in long takes, ambience and showing actors emoting. Hence one interminable scene where Sissy sings a slow-tempo “New York, New York” in a bar. Mulligan is not a great singer. Brandon, watching, sheds a tear, but we have no idea whether he’s moved by the music or is just terrified she’ll do another verse. It’s Michael’s pain we feel, not Brandon’s. Still, I suppose he can console himself with his todger. 4/10
Released February 9, 2012.