REVIEW: THE CUSTODIAN

CAST

Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace)
Hugo Weaving (The Matrix)
Naomi watts (Birdman)
Barry Otto (The Great Gatsby)
Kelly Dingwall (Raw Nerve)
Essie Davis (The Babadook)
Wayne Pygram (Farscape)

Featuring some of Australia’s finest actors who weren’t so established when this film was released. Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace) puts in a powerful performance as the unwitting hero on the verge of a nervous breakdown, James Quinlan, who is hell bent on destruction following the breakdown of his marriage to an annoying and humiliating alcoholic.

Hugo Weaving (Matrix – Agent Smith) is cast as his unscrupulous partner for the local constabulary and apparent friend, Frank Church, but his luxurious life style, along with some of his colleagues, leads to an investigation into police corruption instigated by Quilan. LaPaglia’s wounded character is now determined on not being recognised as the fool and fully focused on bringing them all down; even if it means losing his only friendship and what little else he has remaining in his life in the process.

Barry Otto is superbly cast as internal affairs agent Ferguson, who’s about the only other straight cop on the force, and his venomous performance full of righteous justice compliments LaPaglia’s rage of hellfire when a twist of cruel fate pushes the two pillars of integrity together; but, each of them must fight in their own way to bring a new order to the upper echelons of the local law enforcement. The dialogue in this film is gripping and executed superbly from all the cast and is helped along the way by an understated and timeless score. Also, look out for a very young Naomi Watts who appears in a couple of scenesr. If you like finding under-appreciated gems then give this relatively unknown Australian adventure drenched in film noir a viewing.

REVIEW: THE PUNISHER (1989)

 

CAST

Dolph Lundgren (Universal Soldier)
Louis Gosset Jr. (Enemy Mine)
Jeroen Krabbe (The Fugitive)
Kim Miyori (The Grudge 2)
Bryan Marshall (Embassy)
Nancy Everhard (Deepstar Six)
Barry Otto (Strictly Ballroom)
Brian Rooney (Spellbinder)
Lani John Tupu (Farscape)

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Frank Castle (Dolph Lundgren) has taken to living in the sewers following the murder of his family at the hands of the city’s criminal underworld. Now, he acts as an angel of vengeance – waging war on the mob bosses, punishing the guilty and protecting the innocent. Nicknamed ‘The Punisher’ Frank lives a solitary existence only surfacing to mow down bad guys in various acts of machine gun spewing violence. Between bouts of blowing people away, Frank is hunted by his ex-partner Jake Berkowitz (Louis Gossett, Jr) and between the two of them, they team up once more to take down the Japanese mob – led by Jeroen Krabbé and Kim Miyori as the very entertaining Lady Tanaka.

Celebrated action editor Mark Goldblatt (Commando, The Terminator) calls the shots and he keeps the movie brisk, allowing the action to take centre stage and not allowing such things as character development or emotion slow things down! Kudos also to cinematographer Ian Baker who embues the movie with a cold steel look that accentuates the isolation and clearly the mindset of the title character. The supporting cast do a great job but its Dolph’s show all the way as he combines macho with a distinct dislocation from the real world, giving you the impression that he’s clearly not all the ticket.