Puts butt on line

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - LEIGH PAATSCH Now show­ing Vil­lage Cine­mas

Un­der the laser- sharp di­rec­tion of the pro­lific film­maker Steven Soder­bergh, Mike’s jour­ney to­wards achiev­ing a true sense of self as trite as it might ini­tially seem is an en­gross­ing and in­sight­ful one.

Par­tic­u­larly when con­trasted with the plight of Adam ( Alex Pet­tyfer), a young drifter re­cruited into the Xquisite sta­ble by Mike him­self.

Still a kid in so many ways, Adam buys into the high life so heav­ily he’s set to pay the price of a crash­ing low.

There is also a ro­man­tic sub- plot thrown into the mix. Mike slowly falls for Adam’s no- non­sense sis­ter Brooke ( Cody Horn) but even this as­pect of the pic­ture comes off as any­thing but oblig­a­tory.

Ta­tum and Horn have a nat­u­ral chem­istry that is a plea­sure to wit­ness, as is the hazy In­sta­gram shim­mer of the cin­e­matog­ra­phy ( ex­pertly shot by Peter An­drew and Soder­bergh him­self).

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