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The Square (2010)

David Roberts , Claire van der Boom , Nash Edgerton  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Roberts, Claire van der Boom
  • Directors: Nash Edgerton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Apparition
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003EYVXW8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,209 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Square" on IMDb

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Inside The Square
Visual Effects
Short Film: Spider
"Sand" Music Video By Jessica Chapnik

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Arson, murder and blackmail. This astonishingly original thriller takes twists and turns to a new level. Ray and Carla, who are having a steamy affair, plot to steal money from Carla’s husband, Greg. But what begins as a simple plan quickly spirals out of control when the mob gets involved and Ray and Carla are helpless to stop the violent and bloody sequence of events.

Few things are more satisfying than an effective crime thriller, and The Square is very, very effective. In this sinewy Australian flick, hapless construction overseer Raymond (David Roberts)--eager to hold on to his illicit lover Carla (Claire van der Boom)--starts with a little graft, which turns into a little arson and theft, which turns into murder, blackmail, and more murder. The plot rockets along, driven by the ruthless economy of director Nash Edgerton (a former stuntman who demonstrates a deep understanding of how to orchestrate danger) and screenwriter-actor Joel Edgerton (who plays a sympathetic firebug). Most modern attempts at film noir try to get the look of those classic low-budget crime flicks but have no idea what the genre is about; The Square could care less about shadows and cigarette smoke, but this movie--rife with desperation, greed, and lust--understands noir from the inside out. The whole cast is excellent, the editing swift, the action jolting. This is the best thriller since Blood Simple. Not to be missed. --Bret Fetzer

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Things Fall Apart August 26, 2010
Noir films obsess over unintended consequences, on the destruction that may proceed from the slightest failures of foresight or from simple chance. This notion is best illustrated in the literary forebear "The Maltese Falcon," where Spade reflects on Flitcraft, a seemingly normal, happy man who one day abandoned his job and family after nearly being crushed by a falling beam. The truth, Flitcraft realized, was that the seeming solidity of his world was a lie--all could be lost in an instant for no reason at all. So, he abandoned this world, abandoned regularity and left it all behind. In Nash Edgerton's feature debut "The Square," Raymond Yale (David Roberts), an ethically dubious construction manager, decides to begin anew as well, not for any philosophical reasons, but rather because he is tired of his wife or, at least, much more interested in the lovely young Carla Smith (Claire van der Boom [a ridiculous name, even by Dutch standards]), a neighbor from across the cove in their small Australian town. Raymond would actually prefer to simply keep seeing Carla on the side, but Carla wants to escape her loutish, criminal husband Smithy (Anthony Hayes), and gives Raymond an ultimatum. Raymond finally relents, and they decide to fund their escape by relieving Smithy of a few hundred thousand ill-gotten dollars, and covering their theft by hiring the shady Billy (Joel Edgerton, co-writer and brother of Nash) to burn the Smith house while the town collectively takes part in Christmas festivities. This seemingly straightforward plan, however, goes horrifically awry and, in a vision rather more moralistic than that of the Darwinian-minded Hammett, Raymond and Carla soon find that the beams are falling with disturbing regularity. Read more ›
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Blood Simple' Cranked Up a Notch July 11, 2010
Had the good fortune to see this in Pittsburgh last night, with a Q&A session with director Nash Edgerton after the film. This is the best thriller I've seen in a very long time -- gritty, emotional and incredibly tense. Comparisons with the Coens and their debut 'Blood Simple' are inevitable, but 'The Square' is not a copycat film in any sense. The tension barely lets up during the course of the entire movie, and there's a constant feel of menace, like something really bad is always lurking just around the corner (it usually is).

Performances, direction, screenplay, music -- everything is top-shelf here. If you like thrillers this is not to be missed.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
When you are looking for a movie that is a little different and that will keep you interested throughout, but without any big names, this one will do nicely. The movie is a low budget film from Australia directed by Nash Edgerton and it stars his brother Joel Edgerton who also was a writer for this film. I found the acting to be quite good and the plotline was interesting and entertaining. This movie kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I don't like to give away plots, so I'll give a quick summary: A contractor is taking bribes from his subcontractor. Meanwhile he is having an affair with woman in the same town. Her husband is close friends with another subcontractor. The woman finds that her husband has a stash of cash and so she and the contractor begin a plan to escape their marriages and their spouses. Thus begins the Manifestation of Murphy's Law.

There are some negatives. The sound is very annoying. The actors are difficult to understand with their Aussie accents and the clarity of the sound makes it doubly difficult to make out all of the conversations. So I missed some of the subtleties. Some of the parts were overplayed - at the end particularly.

However, that said, I would definitely recommend this film to anyone that enjoys an edgy, tense drama. There was also a short film prior to the main feature; this was also a Nash Edgerton film. It was terrific and once during The Square, one of those characters makes his way into the emergency room (very Hitchcock like).

I'm giving it a 4 star rating because I enjoyed it; beware, though, my wife would only have given it a 2.5 star rating. But we often do not see eye to eye on movie reviews.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Plot.....but What Did Carla See in Raymond ? January 1, 2011
The story has been painstakingly described by other reviewers, so I will dispense with that formality. The plot was intricately conceived and played out, easily the equal of Blood Simple, A Simple Plan, and other, similar productions by far better-known directors such as Sam Raimi and the Cohen brothers. Indeed, each step in its progression meets the criteria of plausibility. Anyone who yields to the temptation of a seemingly simple, straightforward but illegal path always discovers that it rapidly escalates into a dangerous labyrinth of unforeseen consequences and suffocating guilt. Each new move simply makes the noose a bit tighter. So it was with Raymond and Carla.

But from the first few moments, an issue began nagging at my common sense. What forces could have ever brought this couple together in the first place? Yes, they lived in semi-proximity on opposite sides of an inlet, but what traits did Raymond display at any time which would endear him to a much younger and more attractive woman? He was completely devoid of personality and humor, of meager financial means, physically unimpressive, weak-willed and submissive. Go to a young-singles bar looking and acting like Raymond and you will be going home alone.

Yet, he somehow so excited Carla, who could have her pick of younger and much more attractive men, that she chose to sneak around on her intimidating husband and engage in a risky, tawdry affair in parked cars and motels. If she wanted out of her marriage, why didn't she simply steal the satchel of money and run? Raymond was never portrayed as a dupe, as in Body Heat. Her passion for him is presented as real and unwavering, yet at no time did I honestly sense a real, explicable bond between these characters.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It’s billed as a modern film noir with the story of a man whose life...
“The Square” is receiving a surprising level of press considering it is a low budget aussie‐indie. It’s billed
as a modern film noir with the story of a man whose life gets... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tom S
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
A brilliant, brilliant film that humanizes the uprising in Egypt in ways I've not seen before. It's a must see for documentary aficionados. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Robert Byrd
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Neo-Noir
A very fine film for anyone, but especially if you are a fan of Film Noir. The Square rates right up there with any of the neo-noir films that have been released in the past few... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Carl DiNello
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense
This movie warrants the four- to five star ratings it's been given here. It's intense, well acted, and complex. The take away message: don't have an affair. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Christopher Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars A good Aussie thriller
I guess this Aussie thriller would count as a film noir. Bored husband Raymond Yale (David Roberts) has an affair with the wife Carla Smith (Claire van der Bloom) of one of his... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dr. H. A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending!
What an excellent way to end a movie that starts off with an affair. From the affair there is one disaster after another that leads to the ending of all endings and one sad,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars The Edgerton Bros Rock
Everything about this movie surprised me. Don't hate me Aussies, but about 60 percent of the time I find your films too slow ( because i am an ADD american, it's not your fault,... Read more
Published 21 months ago by jaqs and the last two weeks.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film noir thriller
This was an excellent film with a simple plot but clever twists. If you are a looking for an entertaining film in the crime/thriller genre that is not a conventional story, watch... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Heidi Mallon
4.0 out of 5 stars Australian Film Noir
The Australian film, The Square, is well versed in the long and storied history of film noir. It takes its basic narrative outline from Gilda, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and... Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by Tom Birkenstock
4.0 out of 5 stars Very black humor!
Seminal film noir -- not for everyone, certainly, but for those who appreciate how the foibles of weak character can unleash the mighty unpredictable rages of fate. Read more
Published on December 3, 2011 by avid rita
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