Felony

Felony

DVD - 2015
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Three male detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in a coma. One is guilty of a crime; one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it. How far will these men go to both disguise and unravel the truth?
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2015]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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chriscoleman
Jun 24, 2016

Two things keep this from being a compelling drama. (1) The "crime" is really not much of a crime. A detective is somewhat drunk driving down a street at night. He passes a boy on a bicycle and the back of his vehicle "bumps" the kid and he falls off his bike. This happens all the time in cities where there are a large number of bicyclists. Like all the time. They tumble with their bike and get right back up again. There was no earthly reason for this kid to be in a coma. And what was the kid doing driving in the street at night in the dark? (2) The junior detective who wants to get the driver who hit the kid, and who immediately suspects the other detective, is infatuated with the kid's pretty mother. If she had not appeared on the scene, he probably would've let it go. This is an Australian film and it moves very slowly. The scene when the kid is hurt passes by in two seconds and it's a non-event. You don't really hear anything or see anything, just the detective passing the kid on the road and then suddenly the kid is on the ground unconscious. That was the point that should've hooked the viewers... and didn't. Even after that the detective calls for help and waits by the kid until he is cared for. He even speaks to the two detectives who catch the case. No hit and run here. There's no mangled car, no dents, nothing. His mirror is turned in and that's it. Describing this as a hit and run is just not accurate.

MmeLeChat Sep 04, 2015

A compelling script, very well written. But my viewing experience was less than satisfactory due to the lack of on-screen subtitles. The Aussie actors' accents (Tom Wilkinson excluded), spoken through dramatically clenched teeth, made the dialog sometimes impossible to comprehend and very frustrating.

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 06, 2015

Joel Edgerton played a marvelous weepy, conflicted, weak detective and Tom Wilkinson played a rather smarmy manipulative superior officer, covering up a hit and run accident. Their acting did it for me. Jai Courtney plays a rather straight detective who suspects something is phony about Edgerton and Wilkinson’s game. Maybe this film would have gotten higher than 75% approval on Rotten Tomatoes if it had been made in the USA instead of faraway Australia. Maybe I am just a sucker for a movie that I believe was mildly underrated.

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Onewhoissaved
Jun 04, 2015

Depressing is the best description I can come up with. The acting is fairly good but frankly my dear I don't give a damn if it is: it's the total story itself that takes a toll on my psyche. There is not one positive for all the ethos, pathos, or whatever term you want to use. Tom Wilkinson is too old to be playing a policeman dealing with people on the street: all he does is swear and make lewd suggestions to show he's a man's man?

a5a22406 Apr 09, 2015

A pretty good Aussie crime drama. And one of my favourite actors, Tom Wilkinson, is in it.

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