ThE­ATRE BANE 2 Plea­Sance Dome (Venue 23) HHHHH

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The egre­giously tal­ented Joe Bone is Bruce Bane, a man who shoots first and asks ques­tions later. he is also his gang­land boss Vin­cenzo, a ri­val boss, the sex­u­ally am­biva­lent Ivan, and his enor­mous hench­man Niko­lai. To say noth­ing of Bane’s child­hood friend Jones, his doomed neigh­bour, his psy­chol­o­gist, his psy­chol­o­gist’s sec­re­tary, a court­ing teenage cou­ple and his own heart.

This is an epic thriller of ri­val gangs and toxic mon­sters, of death and … well, more death. Bane con­tin­ues to wade through a blood­bath en­tirely of his own mak­ing, while fight­ing his own in­ner demons and seek­ing so­lace in gun­ning down in­no­cent women and chil­dren. The only light in this dark­ness is of­fered by Ben Roe, a charm­ing young man who ac­com­pa­nies Bane’s ev­ery atroc­ity with a de­light­ful gui­tar sound­track. Bruce Bane is ev­ery bit­ter, iso­lated, vi­o­lent film noir de­tec­tive you have ever seen. One of the great joys of Joe Bone’s colos­sal per­for­mance is how true to type all the char­ac­ters are. None of them (ex­cept pos­si­bly, the toxic mon­ster) is so very far away from any­thing you can find in those glo­ri­ous black and white mas­ter­pieces. Bog­art and Lorre, Green­street and the rest are all here. It is just the plot­lines that dis­ap­pear over the top to the sound of au­di­ences shriek­ing with laugh­ter. There are flash­backs and dream se­quences, he­li­copters and shootouts. Most of all I loved the tiny things – the light­ing of a cig­a­rette, the golf game, the open­ing of a door. I shouldn’t tell you this, but things aren’t look­ing look good for Bane at the end. I can hardly wait for Bane 3.

kATE COP­STICk

Un­til 29 Au­gust. To­day 8:20pm

Joe Bone is Bane, and Ben Roe is ‘light in the dark­ness’

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