Published on June 29th, 2015 | by Allan Brown0
EIFF 2015: The Pyramid Texts Review
Movie Review: The Pyramid Texts (2015)
Running Time: 93 mins
Director: Ludwig Shammasian, Paul Shammasian
Writer: Geoff Thompson
Cast: James Cosmo, Ethan Cosmo
Sat in an empty boxing ring, recording lessons learned from a lifetime of hardship to a prepositioned camera, sits Ray (James Cosmo) – a weary old boxer. As the record button blinks away, Ray is forced to open up and face the pain, fear, love and regret of feelings buried deep within.
Taking centre stage in this ninety-three minute black and white monologue, is the mighty James Cosmo. Framed beautiful throughout, this intelligently written soliloquy allows the full acting might of Cosmo, to effortlessly peel away the layers of this battle hardened titan to devastating emotional effect.
From stage-play to screen, the Shammasian brothers have changed very little from the set up. This is an intuitive decision and testament to the directors’ understanding of the material. This allows the directors to keep things intimate, free from the distractions of a more elaborate production, thus allowing the strength of both the writing and performance to deliver its intended heart-breaking blow.
Summary: A wonderfully nuanced piece of film-making, delivered with genuine human emotion. Cosmo gives it his all, proving he really is king of the ring.