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||IMDB Rating: 6.0/10 from 3,141 votes
||Release: 30 May 2002 (Australia) /
||Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
||Director: Scott Roberts,
||Stars: Damien Richardson, Don Bridges, Dorian Nkono, Doug Bowles, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Kate Atkinson, Kim Gyngell, Paul Sonkkila, Rachel Griffiths, Rhondda Findleton, Robert Taylor, Stephen Whittaker, Torquil Neilson, Vince Colosimo
||Synopsis: Three fraternal bank robbers languishing in jail, discover a profitable (if not dodgy) way to spend their time. Crime can most certainly pay, if you "know wot I mean?" However when sex and greed rear-up between the good crims and the bad cops, the consequences are both bizarre and fatal. Written by Noel C. Bailey <[email protected]>
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'The Hard Word' is an excellent, well-paced Australian movie,
straddling the genres of the American noir caper film and the British
thick-ear crime drama. Some of the sequences in this movie remind me of
scenes in 'The Asphalt Jungle', 'The Killing', 'La Jetee', the Peter
Sellers comedy 'Two-Way Stretch' and even 'Eating Raoul' ... but 'The
Hard Word' is definitely a one-off original, and it's very good.
The early scenes in this film take place in the Australian prison
system. I've done some prison time Down Under (in my original name,
before I changed it), and I found these scenes extremely realistic.
Seppos and Poms (Yanks and Brits) will have difficulty understanding
the Strine slang in this movie; for instance, when an inmate shouts
'Half yer (expletive) luck!', it's not instantly clear to
non-Australians that this means 'I wish I was half as lucky as you.'
Also, American audiences will be confused by this movie's references to
racetrack 'bookies'. In Australia (as in Britain, but unlike in the
States), bookies are lawful businessmen ('turf accountants') who
privately take bets at sporting events, as independent contractors.
And most confusing of all for audiences outside Australia: some of the
dialogue in 'The Hard Word' is spoken in 'butcher talk'. This is never
explained in the movie, so I'll reveal that butcher talk (or 'rehctub
klat') is the dialect used by (real-life) Australian criminals for
covert conversations in public ... in which every word is spoken
BACKWARDS, very rapidly. Even if you know the secret, you won't
understand a conversation in 'butcher' unless you've practised a lot.
(In Britain, criminals have a gimmick called 'backslang' which is a
simpler version of the same thing.) Several times in 'The Hard Word',
the dialogue is brilliantly ambiguous, carrying two meanings at the
Three felons are released on the same day: violent Dale, easy-going
Malcolm and Pepsi-swilling mother-obsessed Shane. (The dialogue
identifies them as brothers; they don't look remotely alike, but that
line explains why they stick together no matter what.) As soon as they
get out, our lads participate in an armoured-car robbery that's been
set up by their crooked lawyer Frank ... but Frank might be setting
them up for a fall. And while the lads were 'inside', Frank has been
having a go with Dale's sexy wife Carol. Rachel Griffiths, who plays
Dale's wife, is not conventionally beautiful ... but in this film she
gives one of the sexiest performances I've ever seen on screen.
SLIGHT SPOILERS COMING. There are some eye-catching frame compositions
in this film; all credit to director/scripter Scott Roberts. But
several pieces of business seem to be set up only to create odd images
on screen. A rival gangster lures Dale into a trap by disguising
himself as Dale's wife and then hiding in their bed with a gun; I found
this wildly unlikely. Frank kills another gangster by cramming a lava
lamp into his mouth: no blood, no broken teeth; just an interesting
visual composition. One long sequence takes place inside a restaurant
shaped like a giant cow.
An actor named Robert Taylor (doesn't he know that this name's been
used before?) is very good as Frank, the brothers' crooked lawyer.
Frank dies a horrible death. How to get rid of the corpse? We know that
Malcolm is handy with a sausage-grinder, and in the next scene we see
him grilling some FRANK-furters on the barbie. That pun is no
coincidence. (Damien Richardson is a revelation as Malcolm.)
On several occasions, the crooks jeopardise their own well-planned
caper by brawling or arguing; I found this a very accurate depiction of
criminal behaviour. Yet there's one very implausible plot twist during
the robbery at the Melbourne Cup, when Shane is supposed to open a
locked door by typing a 4-figure number into a numeric keypad ... but a
henchman named Tarzan insists on doing it himself, even though he's
dyslexic. Doesn't Tarzan realise that his dyslexia disqualifies him
from this job? Sure enough, he mucks it up.
During the caper sequences, I kept expecting to see the cliché shot
from every caper film ... when a swag-bag rips open, and banknotes go
flying in all directions. Blessedly, that hackneyed image never came.
For most of its length, 'The Hard Word' commendably avoids clichés. I
thought Rhondda Findleton quite sexy as an anger-management counsellor
with a semi-Louise Brooks hairbob, but I was annoyed when her character
became that prison-movie cliché: the sexy female prison staffer who
goes home every night and can get any man she wants on the outside, yet
who becomes sexually involved with one of the inmates a few minutes
after she meets him! I couldn't believe that this woman would be having
sex with Shane ... it would have been much more plausible if she had
merely **led him on**, arousing herself with his sexual frustration
while offering him no release.
At the very end of this flick, the three brothers and Carol are
striding purposefully towards the camera. 'Please', I thought, 'please
do NOT commit that horrible cliché of freeze-framing the final shot.'
Instead of a freeze-frame, the final image went into a slo-mo ... which
is also a cliché, but not quite so hackneyed yet. Despite a few
complaints, I'm vastly impressed with this highly entertaining movie.
I'll rate 'The Hard Word' 8 points out of 10. Nice one, cobber!
Tags for The Hard Word (2002) Full Movie
, Don Bridges
, Dorian Nkono
, Doug Bowles
, Guy Pearce
, Joel Edgerton
, Kate Atkinson
, Kim Gyngell
, Paul Sonkkila
, Rachel Griffiths
, Rhondda Findleton
, Robert Taylor
, Stephen Whittaker
, Torquil Neilson
, Vince Colosimo
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