A blog dealing with either the joy of cinema or the agony of cinema--nothing in between.
Monday, May 3, 2010
The film opens with Aussie criminal legend Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read in prison watching a televised interview of himself, with Read saying that humanity hates him despite the fact that he is just a normal bloke. We are than shown a man who is engaging, psychotic, charismatic, and disturbed-anything but normal. In this low budget and gritty 2000 Australian film from Andrew Dominick from Read's own books, Eric Bana shines in the role that introduced him to the world and allows us to understand how he is a movie star. His performance is a no-holds-barred immersion into a complex, twisted and deranged man who must also be likable at the same time. Chopper may be a difficult film to watch, and an imperfect one at that, but Bana makes it a worthwhile show.