A delightfully dark comic crime thriller that twists and turns through its interweaving storyline, this stylishly made film relishes its intricate plotting and smooth shooting style.
Set against the backdrop of New Year’s Eve in Derry, it tracks three interlocking storylines as a series of troubled and sad souls make their way through the night. At the core of the film is a charming and charismatic performance from Nichola Burley – who has never been better – as depressed Greta, the daughter of local mobster Frank Feeney (Lalor Roddy). Set to commit suicide by jumping from Derry Peace Bridge, she is stopped from leaping by Pearse Kelly (Martin McCann), who doesn’t know who she is, but has his own reasons for hating her father. The pair set off into the night and themselves caught up in a strange series of events.
In amidst the elegantly shot drama there are some delicious moments of black humour as the story (based on Lisa McGee’s stage play) weaves its way through the city. Jump is a smart and charming little gem of a movie.
Mark Adams, Screen International