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first of all, the three main characters are not brothers, although it seems a blurb somewhere must have said this. the reason they speak the butcher's tongue is due to their time in the slammer.
secondly, i feel the way that the guys KNOW theyre going to get screwed over by their lawyer ADDS to the suspense. the fun is in seeing how he tries to do it, not "is the good guy a bad guy or a good guy pretending to be a bad guy so he can double cross the bad guy who is actually playing for both sides whilst sleeping with the good guys wife etc. etc."
also, i felt the robberies were very realistic. whats more likely to come off, robbing a bunch of intoxicated bookies after all the security guards have gone home (on a side note the melbourne cup is a hugely significant sporting event on the australian calendar, a nuance perhaps missed by our american friends), or breaking into a bank, disabling the security system with non-existent electrical equipment and lugging 50 tonnes of gold bars away from a 12-inch thick lead vault?
enough of that, the idea behind the film was to illustrate the human qualities of these flawed characters - after all, are these theives really any worse than shady politicians or mass tort lawyers? ive gotta agree that rachel griffiths looks a bit she-malish, but if theyd got liz hurley theyd also have got her acting ability!Read more ›
That said, the shining star of the film is Rachel Griffiths.Read more ›
While less stylized, and more conventional than "Snatch" and "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels," Guy Ritchie fans will probably enjoy this movie.
There's plenty of Australian style dark humor (reminiscent of "Two Hands" and "Chopper") strewn throughout the film with solid performances from Guy Pearce and Rachel Griffiths. Overall, it's a lot less predicable than most of the "Heist" films of recent memory.
Pearce and friends star as professional armed robbers, but the paper thin plot makes professional robbery appear as simple as flipping burgers at the corner McDonald's. Having seen more than my fair share of heist and/or caper flicks, I can only assume that this is far from the reality. However, Pearce and his cohorts have been able to score big without ever (EVER!!!) hurting so much as a single person. As this one single plot element gets even more incredulous as the jobs grow in difficulty from beginning to end, the writing falls apart. The acting stays on par -- Pearce and Griffiths, especially, make the best of what they've been asked to do. Sadly, the script fails them miserably.
Still, THE HARD WORD is not a film one should feel guilty about watching or even enjoying. The editing is brisk and economical. There's rarely a dull moment. Some of the bit parts (the cute woman who drives the escaped cons halfway to Sydney) gets great mileage out of only a few lines. The ensemble delivers some nice acting and some solid laughs. Be forewarned, though: the packaging compares this film to THE ITALIAN JOB, and the only similarity I could find is the fact that both films were filmed in non-US countries.
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Excellent acting and a fun script. One of Guy Pearce's best efforts after Memento and L A Confidential. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael
This enjoyable Aussie film is a bit of a twist on the usual heist flick. Robert Taylor has the best role as a slick, arrogant bad guy lawyer with zero morals, planning a major... Read morePublished 6 months ago by ann a.
This was pretty lame. Not the best transitions story line was all over.Published 18 months ago by D-time
Slow getting started. Plot line is thin and stretches credibility at times. Good time waster if you don't have anything better to do. But don't pay good money for this.Published 19 months ago by 38ChevyGuy
The story line had potential, but it was so long getting there I just wanted it over. It's a don't bother kinda movie.Published 20 months ago by Sunshine
It was OK. Had its comical moments. Worth watching when you're really bored and absolutely have nothing to do for the duration of the movie.Published 21 months ago by johan
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