Saturday, August 21, 2010


Crime thriller

James Frecheville: 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody
Jacki Weaver: J’s maternal grandmother Janine aka “Smurf”
Ben Mendelsohn: her eldest son Andrew aka “Pope”
Joel Edgerton: his partner Barry “Baz” Brown
Sullivan Stapleton: Pope’s younger brother Craig, a drug pusher
Luke Ford: Darren, the youngest of the Cody brothers
Laura Wheelwright: J's girlfriend Nicky
Guy Pearce: Melbourne Police Detective Nathan Leckie

This is not your typical gangster film: there are no shootouts, no car chases, no lingering scenes of blood and gore. Instead this is one terrific film that comes across as real. That is due in large part because the acting is so good you tend to forget it is a film. Couple that with a well written script providing time for character development and excellent pacing which allows the action to unfold in an unhurried manner.

Because of the strong Australian accent I could not understand all of the dialogue but that was of little consequence. This is one of the best films of this sort I’ve seen in years.

for violence, drug content and pervasive language.

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