The Hard Word
2003
Three brothers who are out on bail and awaiting trial for armed robbery decide to attempt one more massive heist before they're hauled off to jail. Meanwhile, their lawyer is sleeping with one brother's wife.

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.

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