Psychological thriller and unconventional romance
This movie had me enticed the second it started; who can resist an intro song like "When a Man Loves a Woman"? But The Crying Game has so much more to offer than just a good soundtrack. Before I had actually seen the movie I already new all the details and spoilers, and it made the experience a little less exciting, so I will try not to reveal any important details. PLEASE, I beg of you, if you plan on watching the Crying Game (and you absolutely should), don't look too much into it on the internet! Be surprised!
Jody (Forest Whitaker) is a british soldier stationed in Ireland, who is kidnapped by the IRA as a gambling chip in their scheme against the government. The british are given three days to respond, at the end of which they threaten to shoot Jody if their terms are not met. Fergus (Stephen Rea) is a volunteer in the IRA, and develops a friendship with Jody. Jody believes that he is going to die, and asks Fergus to do him a favor. He wants Fergus to find his girlfriend, Dil, and make sure that she is doing okay without him. At the end of the three days Fergus must make a difficult desicion that will change the course of his future. This first part of the movie is what I would consider the "thriller" part of the movie.
After the hostage situation and outcome, the movie dramatically changes, becoming more humorous and romantic. Fergus starts a new life in Britain, changing his name to Jimmy and claiming that he is Scottish. He finds Dil, Jody's girlfriend, and the two become entangled in a strange sort of love. Fergus is forced to percieve himself and the world around him in a way he never had before. Former IRA agents make appearances in his new life and create a dramatic ending to the movie. The Crying Game is passionate, quirky, and fantastic.