There's a moment early on when Ben Mendelsohn's accent slips, just a little, as he says "We were thees close!" and it's everything.
Fourth bloody time watching this bloody good film. The first at a daytime screening with my 3 week old baby because everyone was talking about it, 2nd and 3rd for work, and this viewing because the 13 year old finally agreed to watch it, and he loved it. May be a new Boxing Day tradition?
On repeat viewings it is hard to find fault, fun to spot even more classic NZ film/TV references, and increasingly a pleasure to spend time…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Aside from the yawnful Good-Guys-White / Bad-Guys-Other-Colours casting, this was a surprisingly enjoyable action flick... until it fucked out in the third act.
It was partly the utterly weird special effects. Partly that they sent their only lady-spy off into space 'cos no plot for her. But mostly because of a series of gags right near the end in which the only moral (blonde, beautiful) hold-out amongst the captured guests offers our hero ass-sex if he sets her free.