In the intimate drama that The Guardian called a “sure-footed debut,” Cumberbatch plays David, a teacher who moves from London with his beautiful young wife Dawn (Claire Foy) to the rural village where he grew up with his young brother, Nick (Endeavour‘s Shaun Evans). Bliss ensues — chickens are raised, eggs harvested, old farmhouse rehabbed — until Nick shows up unexpectedly. The Afghan vet has a full duffel bag of difficulties from sleepwalking to PTSD, not to mention a bundle of family secrets that David has neglected to tell his bride. Nick’s presence starts roiling up the family mud beneath the deceptively bucolic surface of village life.
Cumberbatch is in fine form, working without the net of uber-brilliance that defines his Sherlock or Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, or the superpowers of his Khan in Star Trek into Darkness. His David is relatively normal, a decent husband with just a few human-sized skeletons in his closet. He’s softer here, a man in love romantically and fraternally. His character is emotional, sexy, and a bit rough under his posh pretensions as he tries desperately to keep his past buried.
Wreckers is not remarkable solely as a star vehicle for Cumberbatch. Fans of BBC’s Endeavour, the prequel to the long-running series Inspector Morse, will appreciate Evans who is currently best known as the awkwardly charismatic Oxford detective.
And then, as David’s sensitive wife, there is Foy. Remember that name: the freckled English beauty that resembles Karen Allen or Margot Kidder’s going to be big. She has the role of Anne Boleyn in the upcoming BBC/HBO miniseries Wolf Hall slated for 2015. For anyone that’s read the Hilary Mantel historical bestseller on which it’s based, you know that is one major meaty role, the kind of wily regal female that made Lena Headey’s career in Game of Thrones