(This review may contain spoilers).
I’ve watched this movie a few times now. It’s one that I really enjoy watching each time. I think the storyline works really well and although the setting of the movie is quite small, there’s a lot that’s going on.
On first glance, the movie seems to be about a man at the edge of desperation. The movie poster above indicates that… and does anyone else get a sense of vertigo looking at it?
I think this movie is one that requires you to pay attention, at least the first time round. I really like Sam Worthington in the role he plays. I found it easy to believe in his character and I cared about what was going to happen to him. I couldn’t help cringing at the reaction of the crowd. The sad thing is? It’s something I could see happening in reality. The reactions of the people looking on.
I liked watching the scenes of Nick with the people around him. The relationship with his brother runs a lot deeper than the first appearance would suggest and I especially liked Joey and Angie as characters. Even in the midst of all the tension, there were some comedy moments which helped.
I liked Lydia’s character and I felt she and Nick had some true chemistry. I would have liked to see a bit more of Ackerman. There were hints of him having more depth than he appeared to… but his character wasn’t explored as well as it could have been, in my opinion.
I recognised quite a few of the actors in this movie, but I found it easy to see them in the roles they were playing. I really liked the family moments in this movie and the interactions with Joey and Angie were really sweet.
Despite having seen this movie before, I found myself getting tense and being pulled into the plot. I enjoyed the concept… and even if it wasn’t entirely accurate as far as police procedure goes, it was still entertaining. In my opinion.