Confession (2021)

Victor Strong is a wounded man (Stephen Moyer) who has taken Father Peter (Colm Meany, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) hostage with the hopes of confessing to his sins before he dies.

Director and writer David Beton (who also directed The Hatton Garden JobTower Block and I Am Soldier under the name Ronnie Thompson) has that great idea line at the top and then ratchets up the tension throughout, continually leaving the viewer guessing as to whether Strong is the hero or villain.

But does keep it up the whole way through?

Is Willow (Clare-Hope Ashitey, Children of Men) a good cop, here to arrest him? Or has she brought her gun and badge into the church with mad intentions? And is Strong telling the truth when he says that all he wants is for his daughter to know the truth about why her mother died? And even more to the point, does the priest have secrets of his own?

The three leads are all solid, but after the set-up, it gets quite talky. And when you’d hope to see the point of view of each character given their own narrative shift, the story plays out in real time.

This feels like a stage play — it isn’t — with its solitary location and three leads. It works, but it feels like there was an opportunity to do more, to show more, but as it is, it’s not the worst thing that you can find in the world of streaming.

Confession is playing in select theaters and on demand from Uncork’d Entertainment.

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