Pommie is a spectacular cinematic invention --The Film Stage I had seen the various trailers for this film on Youtube and was very excited to see Sullivan Stapleton in a very different role to the one I was most familiar with him in 'Strike Back'. Instead, it's packed with macho violence, swearing and drag queens. This is one of those crime thriller dramas I couldn't get into as much as everyone else. Pommie is the type of figure who makes you feel a little uneasy instantly. It is luckily much more. This is an Australian production and top notch. I will be adding this film to my personal collection.
Sparra has resolutely opted for the ordinary life with his fiancée Paula Jessica De Gouw. The denouement was even extremely predictable. A friend told me I had to rent this movie. It is a role I never expected him to do, but he does it so incredibly well that I believed and liked everything about the character. I saw this premier last night and their was discussion on not revealing the twist and I wont for the sake of this review but I think its a bad idea not to reveal the twist. The ending is predictable in an unnecessarily negative way.
Sullivan is really great in this film and the rest of the cast as well. The main thing that underpins this aspect is the big surprise turning point in the movie, where we discover that both cons history is not one solely of violence but of love. Meanwhile, his violent tendencies come to the fore. This adds a further layer of tension to proceedings to top of a scenario that is pretty tense as it is, as both men get involved in violent crime that threatens to destroy the home life of Sparra. He has found honest work and even becomes engaged but the prospect of this new life is challenged when his foreboding and charismatic cell mate Pommie Sullivan Stapleton Set in Melbourne in the mid-1970s, Cut Snake tells the story of Sparra Farrell Alex Russell , an ex-convict who is trying to make a new life for himself in a new city. It is so different to anything that I have seen him in before, and I have managed to see quite a lot of his work.
The premise and antics were dull considering today's films. I think it'll make more money by revealing it. Great cast, action, a touch of drama and a well-written script. However, Sparra has put the past behind him and is keen to get on with his life with his fiancée, Paula Jessica De Gouw , his employment, and other goals. In which he also plays a charged up volatile character even more perfectly.
In contrast to the terrifying face of Stapleton, Alex Rusell has an angelic face. I think that it's true what other user said that this movie's biggest flaw is relying on many cliches - the cops being the worst of them all, but I also think it's the acting on secundary characters, the editing and the music choices that make you roll your eyes the most. But other aspects of the story rattle along at a fair old pace. He has found honest work and even becomes engaged but the prospect of this new life is challenged when his foreboding and charismatic cell mate Pommie Sullivan Stapleton tracks him down upon his own release. Cut Snake, an Australian production, tells a good 'yarn'. I just hope no taxpayers money was wasted on this.
He has found honest work and even becomes engaged but the prospect of this new life is challenged when his foreboding and charismatic cell mate Pommie Sullivan Stapleton tracks him down upon his own release. The highlight for me was the moment the tough and resolute Pommie emotionally crashed and briefly showed how fragile and helpless he was. On the other hand, here he proves once again to be a great actor capable of a lot more than the gung-ho marine beats and shoots bad guys type he plays in the Strike Back series, so maybe a couple more of these great indie productions wouldn't hurt at all. Female impressionists are a fact of life in the World today. It benefits from a strong performance from Sullivan Stapleton in the role of the psychotic character Pommie.
The technical side of the filmmaking is quite solid. Cut Snake is an intense film with very tense moments; even when the core of the story is about a homosexual relationship, it only shows what's absolutely necessary to convey the intensity of the emotions boiling in its characters, without resorting to excessive nudity, or scenes that are 'too sexual' or distasteful, the characters are very believable and well developed, the pacing is just right, and the acting is excellent, especially the part played by Sullivan Stapleton, he did an amazing job at bringing his character Pommie to life. But Cut Snake is a good film. James, anger, sadness and neglect. This movie is quite frankly terrible. The whole film is made in the outspoken style from the 70's. It's sad because I think it could really have gone places.
I enjoyed his 2002 feature 'Walking on Water', and thought he was one to watch. The only odd thing is that Sparra says precious little about his past — but that past is about to catch up with him, and wrest control of his present. In many ways 'Cut Snake' is a wasted opportunity: it could have been a worthy social drama about how young men sent to prison cope with their prison history when they're out. Not even during the violent scenes. Unerringly if unwittingly, Sparra is sucked into a destructive spiral of aggression and violence.
Since then I have seen more of his work, which reinforces what I wrote about his acting ability above. It's Australia in the 1970s, judging from the outfits. There has been some suggestion that this film is comparable to the highly acclaimed Animal Kingdom. Another thing I like about this story is that when it starts out you think you identify with one character and somewhere along the way you start to feel different and the perspective you had is altered. From the moment Pommie Sullivan Stapleton makes his appearance in the film, one can feel the tension. But if you must just know that you were warned and you didn't listen. Sullivan Stapleton creates a very tense atmosphere whenever he appears on screen, so much so, that he puts you on edge watching him.