'Time... time and the world swallows events. And it's sad but that's how it is.' (by gradyharp)
From Australia comes this very well written and acted, tense drama that is particularly attuned to our times – the recently noted role of the police force involved in criminal activity and brutality. Written by actor Joel Edgerton who also stars this is storytelling on the first order – well worth viewing and pondering.The concept behind the film is the inner workings of the police force, both old timers such as Detective Carl Summer a brilliant performance by Tom Wilkinson , hard working detectives like Malcolm Toohey Joel Edgerton who happen to make mistakes after having celebrated <more>
with booze a recent traumatic arrest, and a newcomer to the force Jim Melic Jai Courtney is a very sensitive portrayal . Though the focus is on an accidental hit and run between Toohey and a bicycle riding youngster following a checkpoint where Toohey who has been drinking is stopped by local police but not held because he is a fellow cop calls for help but decides to cover-up his part in the encounter, the other two cops are at equal crossroads: Summer tells Toohey to fabricate a story to prevent his being arrested for hit and run, a fact that Summer's new ride along partner Melic cannot justify and seeks the mother of the injured child Sarah Roberts to console her. As the tension mounts and the youngster's situation deteriorates and so do the lives of these three detectives. Despite Toohey's wife Melissa George encouraging him not to tell the truth as well as Summer's insistence that for the safety of the force and the three cops Toohey maintain his fabricated story, Toohey is ridden with guilt and begins to change his mind about the incident and his involvement. Summer is intolerant of Toohey's weakness and in a struggle Melic who has made an indecent advance to the child's mother despite his extending support for her brutally assaults Summer resulting in brain damage. All three cops must walk that thin line between truth and fiction and the effect that truth will have on their careers. At times the Australian accents are tough to understand but that is a very minor point. This is a beautifully scripted, conceived, photographed and acted film that should be high on everyone's list of top films of the year.
Brilliant depiction of human nature... (by lifeandwater)
A brilliant depiction of human nature, justification, and acquiescence. "Felony" makes me ask myself if what I would have done would have made any difference at all.Excellent directing and acting; each action taken by the characters seems natural to them, whether one agrees with their choices or not. Slight hints give the viewer a sense of what is to come, but you brace yourself all the same. The score is perfectly subtle; the viewer needs no help feeling the consequences of each turn in the story.The truths of the plot are accurate and revealing. I give the film 9 stars for evoking <more>
internal conflict and reminding me of my own imperfection in the face of corruption. I will be watching for what Joel Edgerton writes next.
I think this Australian / Canadian film is better than most Hollywood movies on similar topics. Unlike those low-IQ offerings, this one leaves many questions, some of great moral significance, unanswered and, ultimately, unanswerable. Good acting and great music round it out to be a rewarding challenge to watch and wonder about.
Intelligent, tense and superbly acted. (by Troy_Campbell)
A tightly wound crime drama that oozes class, this Sydney-set motion picture follows on from These Final Hours and Predestination to continue the stellar run for Australian movies in 2014. With an intelligent and slow burning screenplay by Joel Edgerton, Felony deals with one morally murky question: what price should a good person pay for making one bad mistake? Those hoping for a whodunit will be disappointed; the tension is built through a very precise pace and layered character development rather than a complex plot or shock-factor twists and turns. That the characters are so intriguing <more>
and engrossing can be equally attributed to the splendid actors on show. Edgerton leads the way as the respected detective, family man and all round top bloke who is forced to deal with a personally complicated situation, and he delivers an almighty performance with nuance and gravitas. He's not the only one though: Jai Courtney takes a break from hard-arse supporting gigs Jack Reacher, A Good Day to Die Hard to bring heft and subtlety to his new cop on the block role, whilst veteran Tom Wilkinson relishes his chance to portray the experienced department head who has misplaced old-school values. A special mention also needs to go out to Bryony Marks, whose moody score is utterly sensational and brings emotion all on its own. Due to a limited release it's unlikely you will be able to catch this on the big screen, but to the top of you 'to see' DVD list this should go.
Not watching felony is a crime (by videorama-759-859391)
What a movie, I thought to myself while watching it, whereas here was such a real life scenario, with a hardened young cop, covering up a crime, on account of getting behind the wheel, a little pie eyed, where a little knock can make a hell of a difference, where as consequence, a lying and guilt stricken hell ensues. We have one hell of a dangerous triangle involving three cops, the hitter Edgerton the fix it cop Wilkinson and the young law abiding cop Courtney who will not stop at nothing to get to the truth. The situations and choices, guilty party, Edgerton must make, were so <more>
believable where at no time did we deviate from this story. Although Wilkinson who steals this movie easy, a white angel of savior for Edgerton, who tries to paint himself off, as a justful, Mr Do Right of a cop, who thinks his s..t don't stank, the truth be said, what it boils down to ethically is, he's doing very wrong covering up this crime, where a young Indian teen doing his newspaper route, is fighting for life, suspended in a coma. Edgerton is solid and truly believable, though I really found it hard to sympathize with the guy, except at the end, when the well broke open, Edgerton, a real true display of woe and emotion, guilt eating him up alive. Melissa George was great dramatically, too, siding with her husband, one thing I thought she wouldn't do. Courtney was a straight solid professional, where I was really impressed by him, and was great to walk in his shoes, and follow his killing suspicions, to get to the heart of the real perpetrator, as he was like a dog with a bone, where Wilkinson, who causes most of the laughs, which are not plentiful, where Courtney provides some too, just blew me away. Honestly it didn't overstep it's mark in it's amusing antidote of moments, but here was just the perfect amount, in light of the real dramatic, and tense story at play. One thing I liked, in it's conclusion, was one decision, by the Sister of the victim, which I never saw coming, which it ended that scenario, but I can understand her making that decision, where a shock admission was just too much for her. Here's one of the freshest Aussie movies in years. Good, solid, tight, story structure, with a good work of situations. Felony is good but not great, with Edgerton, indeed, one multi talented guy, who you can't sell short as an actor either.
Subtle and gripping, Australia shows Hollywood how to do it (by pfgpowell-1)
With so much high-octane expensive Hollywood dreck crowding out our cinemas, real gems such as Felony, Animal Kingdom which also has the very excellent Joel Edgerton and Mystery Road seem to get sadly bypassed or even forgotten. That isn't to say that Hollywood can't make good films or that Australia can't make clunkers , but they seem to be few and far between and distributors who are obviously and understandably in it for the money seem to take the easy way out. Oh, and I really haven't seen enough Australian films to list any clunkers, but what I have seen is of an <more>
enviably high standard. Some reviewers here have bemoaned the lack of 'action'. Well, boo-hoo for them. I far prefer the subtlety of writing, direction and acting we get in Felony. Three different kind of cops, all in their way a little flawed, though not in a clichéd way, get caught up in a sad situation, an unfortunate incident which simply spirals out of control.Edgerton, basically a decent man is persuaded by Tom Wilkinson's old-school cop to tell a lie after he accidentally knocks a young lad off his bike at night while less than sober. Add to these to Jai Courtney's young cop who feels he must do the right thing - though his motives are a tad murky - and you get a complex psychological drama which satisfies at every level. None of the characters is 'bad' or 'good', and each works in a pressured environment.Edgerton scores double because he also wrote the script. I shall now be off to see what else he has written. If you manage to catch this and like great filmmaking, watch it.