Escaping the monotony of a loveless marriage, Raymond Yale becomes entangled in an affair with the beautiful and troubled Carla. Ray's moral limits are tested when Carla presents him with the proceeds of her controlling husband's latest crime. This is their chance: Take the money and run... If only it were that simple.
Lame, predictable, contrived, and ridiculous, this movie is the definition of "trying too hard."
This movie is one of the first I ever added to my Netflix instant queue about a year and a half ago. Based on my ratings it suggested that I would really enjoy this movie. Being part of the Letterboxd festival finally convinced me to watch it. I'm sorry I did, but I'm glad it's over with and gone...
This is an Australian with I assume a small budget. The first act is ok(if not boring), but I was already thinking "just because a small budget foreign film isn't complete crap doesn't make it an awesome movie." By the end I was laughing at the twists…
Predictable around every corner, driven entirely by plot, The Square is watchable as a trip down the rabbit hole of disastrous scheming stemmed from greed and adultery. I've just seen this story too many times to intrigue me from a new angle.
Second film of the Letterboxd Festival.
Good tense Australian thriller, Chris and his Mistress decide to run away when she finds a bag of money in her house, which her husband has nicked, and as the Australian's would say "Thing's go really tit's up".
Moral of the story don't cheat on your partner or have a mullet.
There is little to fault with this neat Australian thriller but there is also little to get too enthused about either. Australia has been making cracking thrillers at a steady rate for years now, you don't get many, one or two a year, but the quality is normally very high.
This is arguably a lesser one of those films (certainly not comparable with Animal Kingdom or the underrated, The Interview) but that is mainly down to a rather by-the-numbers story that is built a little too heavily on coincidence. As a one-off experience it is perfectly serviceable but I'm not sure you'd want to revisit it often nor does it have the entertaining twisty plot of…
This is a tightly-plotted neo-noir thriller, but not without flaw. The biggest concern for me was that I never felt connected with any of the characters. This is typical of these types of films, which portray morally questionable people doing bad things for self gratification, but where similar films sometimes handle this issue rather well - be in through the air-tight plotting and palpable atmosphere of Body Heat, or the unexpected twists and sure-handed style of Blood Simple, The Square doesn't seem to have that extra oomph to give it the boost it needs to reach that upper echelon of neo-noir. I can forget the lack of character empathy and look the other way if the film provides me with…
The debut feature film by Nash Edgarton (and written by his brother Joel, of Warrior fame) is a grim tale of a plan gone wrong, in a similar vein to Fargo, but without the humor.
Good performances all around, and a solid script make this worth a watch, but be warned that it's a very bleak look at the dark possibilities of what happens when people make huge, huge mistakes. While nothing goes right for our protagonist, his often stupid actions are mostly believable in the context of the situation he's got himself into.
Not as strong a debut as I was hoping for from Nash, who's two short films 'lucky' and 'spider' showed huge potential, but still a worthy entry in modern Australian crime drama.
Kitchen sink noir from Australia's Edgerton family. A bag of money sends lives into a tailspin type deal. Worth spinning o Netflix instant.
"The Square" es un thriller australiano que me recordo un poco a "A Simple Plan" de Sam Raimi. Aqui contamos con una pareja adultera que decide robarle al esposo de la mujer y quemar la casa donde se encontraba el dinero. Pronto las cosas van de mal en peor cuando surgen acontecimientos imprevistos que se tornan tragicos.
Las actuaciones en "The Square" son muy buenas (en especial de David Roberts, quien interpreta a un contratista tratando de controlar la dificil situacion) y la cinta mantiene un buen nivel de tension a traves de la historia. Sin duda es la clase de pelicula en la cual no podemos preveer un final feliz para sus protagonistas. Aun asi es una pelicula envolvente.
Decent Aussie thriller from the brothers Edgerton.
A bracingly nasty domestic noir in the classic ordinary-people-out-of-their-depth tradition. Convincingly presents an idyllic, slightly dull Australian suburb with all sorts of sleaziness bubbling away under the surface. The script is sharp, doesn't waste a single character and mercilessly enmeshes our "heroes" in a web of bad luck and worse decisions.
Average thriller from Australia, that feels like it could have been made for TV. There are far too many coincidences that aim to push the plot forward, and only ends up dragging this film down. The final climatic scene was both predictable and surprising. Some good acting though - in particular from Edgerton who came across as a detached onlooker with only his reputation at stake.
Decent thriller with a finely constructed story and good acting.
It's the kind of movie in which everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Maybe a bit too much, because it becomes very bleak, very fast. Which is a problem because the main character (or anyone else for that matter) isn't a that sympathetic and there for doesn't leave you very invested in the outcome.
From Australia comes a film about cheating and the consequences that can come with it. A strange film that has a violent very dark undertone with arson, murder and bribery.
This was actually very interesting the most confusing part for me was the story of the dogs, the ending of that story is a bit of a shock as is the ending of this film. If you are into tension based thinking stories then this film is worth seeing, will have you on the edge of your seat.
Adultery, blackmail, intrigue and murder is in abundance in this tight little low budget thriller from Oz.
I enjoyed it, kept me guessing where it was going right to the end, but then again i'm a sucker for Australian cinema.
A decent enough thriller which makes up for what it lacks in depth with some nice plot twists.
It's the kind of script that you imagine finds it's way on to the Coen brothers desk on a weekly basis. A real estate developer seeks to get away with his mistress after she finds a bag load of cash her husband has stashed. Complications naturally begin to occur when a spot of friendly, paid for arson goes a bit wrong and debts need to be collected and secrets need to be kept.
The Australian cast are not recognisable but good enough. A lot of the blokes seem to have the same kind of beard and look a bit like Toady from…