Writer-director David Michôd gives us Australian cops-and-robbers and three solid characterizations, James Frecheville as an almost catatonic callow youth (casting glances at a TV game show as paramedics administer to his unresponsive OD’d mother on the couch), Jacki Weaver, a bottle-blonde little dumpling of a woman, as the sugar-coated monstrous materfamilias of a nuclear crime family (“I’m having trouble finding a positive spin,” she crumbles slightly after a son’s death), and a mustached Guy Pearce as the gently persuasive police detective. Otherwise nothing to shout about as the dramatis personae get methodically mowed down. With Ben Mendelsohn and Joel Edgerton. (2010) — Duncan Shepherd
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