The Hard Word
Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”
It doesn't feel right to complain about a good film being too long, but in this case it's true. There are too many superfluous scenes, and a boring epilogue about final revenge wouldn't have to happen at all if the characters had done the smart thing in the first place. But the film coasts on a graceful charm, sort of a scuzzy Australian 'Ocean's Eleven,' and the casual dialogue is just right between the three brothers. Especially good are David Thrussell's music and Guy Pearce's creation of a literate scumbag, hiding his intelligence.