Synopsis: following the unexpected death of his mother, 17 year-old Josh goes to live with his grandmother and uncles. Not exactly the loving family you’d hope for after the loss of your mother, they’re especially nasty career criminals and the police are after them.
What can I say? This is an extremely dark and gritty crime drama, with some very distressing violence. Perhaps the most distressing thing about the violence here is the spontaneous, offhand way in which it’s metered out. Chilling.
The performances are universally top-notch particularly Jacki Weaver’s sinister granny who will stop at nothing to protect her boys, and Josh’s deeply psychotic uncle Andrew played by Ben Mendelsohn. Both are equally scary, and some of the most casually vicious characters I can remember seeing on film. James Frecheville is perfect as the teenager stuck in the middle of all the terrible goings on and I’ll be looking out for him in future.
Naturally Guy Pearce is excellent, if under used, as the obligatory police officer and Joel Edgerton puts on a good show too.
Running time: 1 hr 53 minutes
Directed by: David Michod
Starring: James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Jacki Weaver, Guy Pearce