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Posted by Solomon
on 2/2/2018, 7:42 pm
This is another one I snuck in. It's an Australian movie, and some of their neo-noirs are terrific. "The Square" and "Red Hill" come to mind. This one's biographical, with discrete portions of a criminal's life who is a real character and wrote a best-selling book. This is an intelligent man, a bullshitter, sadistic, prone to anger he doesn't control, but who seems to find a path toward putting the criminal part behind him. Did he work for the cops? I wasn't sure. That gave him scope to exercise his violence on other criminals. Altogether fascinating and very violent in places, mainly upon Chopper himself. It gets a 7.2 and 62 metacritic score, which are above average.
The idea that this is neo-noir originated with an internet list by "Sydahy". Is it actually in this category? I don't know. It's something like "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" in nature. "Tony" (2009) and "Young Adam" (2003) also come to mind, but they are much more clearly noir. There's another one I saw whose title escapes me that's a portrait of a dysfunctional crime family, almost comical, that tears itself apart, British I think.