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:: Love & Rage

In 19th century Ireland, strong, confident Englishwoman Agnes McDonnell owns a large estate. She meets and is taken with younger, strong-willed James Lynchehaun, whom she hires to be the manager of the estate. Gradually, Lynchehaun's fiendish character comes to the surface in this Victorian melodrama.

Love and Rage is meant to be a story of obsessive love, but it never builds up sufficient momentum to generate suspense. Lynchehaun fancies himself a shrewd manipulator, using sex appeal to get what he wants from both men and women, but he ultimately comes across as a dull-witted opportunist, barely clever enough to deceive a woman who seems rather desperate to be deceived. Agnes seems more of a type than a fleshed-out character, and everyone goes through their paces mostly because the script tells them so. This is all apparently based on a true story. But unless you really know the case well, much of the background makes little sense, and the characters' motivations feel forced.

Love and Rage is technically competent but hollow. The Love is not very sexy, and the Rage is not very intense