Picks of the flicks
Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce, Luke Ford
David Michoˆd David Michod’s debut feature is a gripping crimedrama, showcasing the best work Australian filmmaking talent has to offer and finding new riches to mine in a genre well trodden across the ditch. Melbourne crime stories are nothing new, but by choosing to focus on the who, rather than the what, or the why, Michod takes a fresh approach. Everything revolves around this family of dysfunctional characters, each one varying in their loyalty to a life of crime and thus contributing to a simmering tension among themselves. The pace is relaxed, but the storyline slowly winds tighter and tighter, ratcheting up the levels of tension to Hitchcockian levels. This is a cracking story with fascinating characters, an engrossing tale of a family’s fall.
– By Andrew Hedley, Flicks.co.nz