Feature is a conscientious reconstruction of several crucial months in the life of John McVicar, who escaped from the high-security wing of an English prison where he was serving eight years for robbery with violence.
McVicar is the author of the book McVicar by Himself, which was used as the basis of the film.
Roger Daltrey projects a disquieting mix of danger and vulnerability. Moreover, his characterization goes a long way towards supplying the sense of a mind at work behind the uncompromising, bony face and the thuggish look in the eyes.
Tom Clegg’s firm direction is unflamboyant. Although much of the drama certainly doesn’t call for obtrusive style, there are moments when more panache would not have come amiss.
There’s an excellent, humorous performance by Adam Faith as Probyn, and a chillingly manic one by Steven Berkoff, in a role modelled on an actual inmate.