Wasteland 2013 NR CC

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(13) IMDb 6.7/10
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Harvey Miller, a young Englishman recently released from prison, reunites with his three best friends to rob and enact revenge on a local drug kingpin - all while trying to win back his ex-girlfriend.

Starring:
Aniello Arena, Loredana Simioli
Runtime:
1 hour, 50 minutes

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Wasteland

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Matteo Garrone
Starring Aniello Arena, Loredana Simioli
Supporting actors Nando Paone, Nello Iorio, Nunzia Schiano, Rosaria D'Urso, Giuseppina Cervizzi, Claudia Gerini, Raffaele Ferrante, Paola Minaccioni, Ciro Petrone, Salvatore Misticone, Vincenzo Riccio, Martina Graziuso, Alessandra Scognamillo, Angelica Borghese, Carlo Del Sorbo, Arturo Gambardella
Studio Oscilloscope
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

Good plot with some really interesting twists.
Julian eames
This isn't my usual type of film, but I'm a fan of Matthew Lewis so I give it a shot.
Megan Barrow
Not between the characters and in a plot sense either.
Madeline

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Madeline on August 4, 2013
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It was a Saturday night and I was bored therefore trolling through random trailers on Amazon when I came across "Wasteland." Immediately a couple of words stood out: "Usual Suspects", "Oceans 11", "heist movies", "revenge movies" etc.. The cast looked attractive and looked capable of acting. The production looked fine. I love all of these things. How on earth could this go wrong???

Easily apparently. Much like the "Usual Suspects" this movie is being narrated by the lead in a jail interrogation room. And then it flashes back to what he is describing to the police officer. Now in these flash backs, it shows the the lead getting his three friends on board and then the planning and execution of a heist. And yet, you felt like nothing happened.

I'm not sure why--the acting was fine. But it just seemed too shallow given the emphasis on the characters as opposed to plot. It was supposed to be emotional though and had lots of "let's talk about our feelings" scenes but somehow never gave these moments passion. "The Town" managed to show the strength and high stakes of interpersonal dynamics between a heist crew much more effectively than this movie. Even if the director hadn't wanted to go there-he could have gone the "Inside Man" route which doesn't focus on the characters as much but on the action. "Wasteland" spent just a short montage on the getting ready for the heist though, and just a few minutes on the actual heist. And in the "Inside Man" the interrogation scenes only serve to continually ratchet up the tension--where here they serve more as a children's bedtime story hour.

This is basically a movie where nothing happens. Not between the characters and in a plot sense either.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. Williams on July 14, 2013
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Movie Review: "Wasteland" (2013) (*** out of 5) - A smart, penetrating first feature by the UK's Rowan Athale, Wasteland is a deconstructed heist film that eschews the genre's usual quick cutting and gritty visuals in favor of a quieter, more intimate approach. While it doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel, it does offer a distinct way of watching it spin, with a young, fresh-faced cast to help bring it to life. The wasteland in question refers to the gloomily grey skies of Yorkshire.

Harvey Miller (Luke Treadaway) has been badly beaten and is under arrest, awaiting interrogation in a police interview room. Detective Inspector West (Timothy Spall), exchanges kindly words with the troubled youth, but insists on hearing his entire story, to explain why, in front of 30 odd eyewitnesses, he nearly beat to death a local businessman (and suspected drug lord) Steven Roper (Neill Maskell) and why he was in the process of an attempted robbery. And thus, a framed narrative begins with flashbacks, when, a year prior, Harvey was jailed on a bogus possession charge, framed by the nefarious Roper because Harvey stole Roper's girlfriend, the beautiful blonde Nicola (Vanessa Kirby). While he was in prison, Harvey kept a low profile and learned some secrets about where a large amount of money was stashed in an accessible safe, a plot he reveals to his four best friends once released. The quartet agrees to help their friend and run away and open a business with the booty, and, at the same time, exact just vengeance on Roper. As Harvey also tries to reignite his romance with his ex, Nicola.
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This is a movie type found all too rarely in Hollywood: realistic, character acting, with unpredictable plot twists. No overwrought angst, no over-the-top, unrealistic heroics and special effects. Yet it was extraordinarily entertaining, and the dialogue was wonderful. I highly recommend this movie. You will be entertained!
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By michael seller on August 9, 2013
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Was going pretty good until it became a British Usual Suspects. If you can suspend that understanding and some wholly unbelievable plot twists then it is pretty good. If not, then skip it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LBM on August 1, 2013
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It was slow till the last 15 minutes. The trailer shows every action shot in the entire movie. I fast forward through most of it.
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Though a bit slow at times the overall movie is excellent.
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By adam abdulhafid on September 5, 2014
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Entertaining with a neat twist.
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