Joel Edgerton wrote and stars in the police drama Felony, directed by Matthew Saville. Ethan Hawke in the film Predestination.
FELONY will likely become the best Australian film of 2014.
Joel Edgerton (pictured) is still strangely relatively unknown to many Australian audiences, but he has starred in great films such as Animal Kingdom, The Square, The Great Gatsby and more.
Edgerton also wrote Felony, which is a tense morality tale about three Sydney policemen battling to protect themselves, their careers and their families.
When Edgerton’s Malcolm Toohey drives home after celebrating a victorious case development, a tragic accident ends up leaving a young boy in a coma.
From here, a series of small lies leads to quite an extensive cover-up, but karma is not far behind.
The other lead characters are Britain’s Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Jai Courtney (Die Hard 5 and the upcoming Terminator film).
Melissa George also returns to Australia for this film as the strong wife entangled in the middle of the situation.
This is a serious drama centred on an intriguing moral dilemma, with regular injections of the stark Aussie sense of humour. Wilkinson is outstanding in his role as the hard-nosed senior cop with a heavy larrikin streak; he gets all the best lines and steals every scene.
This film is only currently screening in some Sydney CBD cinemas, but it is truly a must-see. The narrative is innovative, the acting is first class, and it is a brilliant example of Australian film industry talent.
■ Rating: 4.5/5
TEMPORAL Agent (Ethan Hawke — pictured) is on his final time-travelling mission to stop a terrorist dubbed the “Fizzle Bomber” from blowing up New York City.
Along the way he befriends a man in a bar who tells him that his life story is the most incredible he’ll ever hear.
Hawke’s character becomes increasingly intrigued — but who is this man and could he be the Fizzle Bomber?
The movie is in the rarest film genre: an Australian science-fiction thriller. Shot in Melbourne, the film stars the impressive and impossibly versatile Sarah Snook.
It was written, directed and composed by twin brothers Michael and Peter Spierig, best known for their 2009 cult hit Daybreakers.
Original, complex and thought-provoking this flick mostly accomplishes what it sets out to achieve albeit a little slowly at times.
■ Rating: 3/5
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