|Cast: James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Luke Ford, Sullivan Stapleton, Dan Wyllie, Anthony Hayes, Laura Wheelwright, Mirrah Foulkes, Justin Rosniak, Susan Prior, Clayton Jacobson|
Director(s): David Mich˘d
Genre: Crime / Gangster
Excellent storytelling about an Australian criminal family and their persistent methods of trying to elude the cops and cover up their tracks while taking in a distant nephew who may unwittingly bring them down. The family members aren't the smartest lot - the cops know who they are and have them under surveillance, waiting for the slightest excuse to take them all in - but the mother is more the mastermind than the others may realize and presides over all of them with a sly smile and many hugs (very Ma Barker). Apart from Guy Pearce, the cast is largely unknown (at least outside of Australia), and those in the crime family do a good job of maintaining a silent but threatening presence. The film focuses less on their felonies and more on their paranoia, distrusts, hideouts, dealings with lawyers & pursuits by the police. My only beef is that the main character (the young nephew) rarely seems to emote - be it hanging out with his girlfriend, tagging along with the family during a drug deal, or holing up in a witness protection program, he mostly keeps the same passive, sullen look on his face (and he vaguely resembles Dion Phaneuf, in an unsettling way). As his uncles get more careless, we see how things start getting sloppy and going from bad to worse, and are left watching how the nephew is stuck with them all and trying to figure out who to trust. An Oscar nom went to Jacki Weaver here, which is deserving, but it's unlikey she'll win seeing as how no one's heard of her or this film, which is a shame. Check it out if you get the chance.
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"ok Weaver, spin the wheel of fish"
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