|Cast: Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, Vince Colosimo, David Field, Daniel Wyllie, Gary Waddell, Bill Young, Kate Beahan|
Director(s): Andrew Dominik
Genre: Crime / Gangster
Pretty cool character study of a real-life Australian criminal (though the film admittedly takes liberties with some of the story), and apparently the break-out role for Eric Bana, who was exceptional in the lead and near-unrecognizable as he gained some weight for the later scenes in the film. It reminded me a little of Tom Hardy in 'Bronson' (a much better film, IMHO), but Chopper loses some steam along the way. Bana is superb though, and it's worth a watch just for his performance - a seemingly calm fellow who can turn on the drop of a dime into the most menacing asshole to ever point a gun at your face or stab you with a shiv. Ultimately, the character is fascinated with himself, and doesn't seem to realistically take into account the results of his actions until after the fact. Some of the violence is swift and brutal, and Bana comes across as a bonafide crazy theat. The real Chopper is still behind bars and a best-selling author of a couple of books, which just adds to the lunacy of this film, and the perhaps unjust ways of society. The moral is: don't go to Australia!
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