- 1 hr 31 min
Peacock is a psychological thriller film that premiered in 2010. It is directed by Michael Lander and written by Ryan Roy. The movie Starr's Cillian Murphy, Elliot Page, and Susan Sarandon in the lead roles. The story of the movie revolves around John Skillpa (played by Cillian Murphy), a bank clerk who lives a solitary life in the small town of Peacock, Nebraska, in the 1950s. John is a shy and introverted man who has been living alone in his house for years after his mother's death. However, everything changes when a train derails near his backyard, causing chaos in his town. During the accident, a woman in a white dress named Emma (played by Elliot Page) emerges from the wreckage, and John takes her into his home to care for her. However, Emma's arrival creates a problem for John since he has a dark secret that he has been hiding from the town for years. John has been living with a split personality disorder, and Emma's arrival threatens to expose his hidden alter ego, a woman named "Joan." As John tries to keep Emma's presence a secret, Joan comes out more frequently, and John struggles to keep his two personalities under control. The movie follows John's character as he navigates through his double life, trying to protect his secret from the town while dealing with the intrusive and controlling people in his life, including his boss, Mayor figure Jerry (played by Bill Pullman) and his overbearing neighbor (played by Susan Sarandon). Throughout the movie, we see the struggles of John's character and the toll his split personality takes on his daily routine. The character development is intense, and the movie is a tense psychological thriller that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats. The acting in the film is top-notch, with Cillian Murphy giving one of his best performances to date. Elliot Page also delivers an excellent performance as Emma, who quickly becomes a pawn in John's game. Susan Sarandon gives an excellent cameo as the town neighbor, adding an extra layer of tension to the already suspenseful story. The film's visual direction is also worth mentioning, with the director creating a dark and brooding atmosphere throughout the movie, adding to the tense feeling of the story. The use of lighting and color also helps to give the film a vintage feel and immerses the audience in the 1950s setting. Overall, Peacock is a mesmerizing psychological thriller that delves deep into the human psyche, exploring the complexity of the mind and the consequences of keeping secrets. The film's dark tone and suspenseful story will grip audiences from start to finish, leaving them with a haunting experience.