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Felony (2013)

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An accident involving a young child sets off a chain of events that brings an Australian police officer's world crashing down.

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Matthew Saville

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Joel Edgerton (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jai Courtney ... Detective Jim Melic
Joel Edgerton ... Detective Malcolm Toohey
Mark Simpson Mark Simpson ... Slim
Paul Caesar Paul Caesar ... Elliott 'Doolan'
Ryan Gibson ... Make Reporter - Nick Jemanus
Glenn Chow Glenn Chow ... Shooter
Rob Flanagan ... Stocky
Jack O'Rourke ... Sarge
Aimee Pedersen Aimee Pedersen ... Maria
Vico Thai ... Vico
Patrick Thompson Patrick Thompson ... Jock
Terrence Hepburn Terrence Hepburn ... Tambourine's Bar Tender (as Terrance Hepburn)
Tom Wilkinson ... Detective Carl Summer
Dean Kyrwood ... RBT Cop
Lizzie Schebesta ... Sarah Morley
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Three male detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in a coma. One is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it. How far will these men go to both disguise and unravel the truth? Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

28 August 2014 (Australia) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The incident scene was filmed on Bunnerong Rd Matraville near the site of a real Police accident where a Police car came over the crest at speed, getting airborne, losing control and hit a child killing the child. His incident occurred in the 1990's from memory. See more »

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Malcolm Toohey: Call a fucking ambulance!
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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Avalon
Performed by Roxy Music
Written by Bryan Ferry (as B.Ferry) (BMG Chrysalis/Mushroom Music)
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Licensed courtesy of EMI Music Australia Pty Limited
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Solid, but not enough to distinguish itself from the pack
29 January 2015 | by eddie_bagginsSee all my reviews

Another one of the recent spat of Australian films that have failed to find an audience at home despite good reviews, Joel Edgerton scripted and Matthew Saville directed Felony is a frustrating experience due to it being a film that constantly threatens to become something powerful, yet is consistently bought down back to a level that makes it easy to see why people failed to fork out the cash to see a tale that isn't overly original or as effective as it wants to be.

Starting out in a hugely promising fashion, Felony looks likely to be one of those searing Australian dramas in the vein of Animal Kingdom or even Saville's own under-seen gem Noise, yet quickly descends into a procession of seen before events that culminate in a fairly unimpressive ending. The central scenario that Edgerton and Saville create is an intriguing one and a ripe potential idea and it's clear that the idea was developed first and the strands that follow afterwards and the film just can't keep up its beginning pace that sees some smart scripting and direction take place. You'll be undoubtedly hooked as these detectives look to cover up a shocking accident and thanks to some fine acting the film remains viable despite it's failures.

Edgerton remains a solid if unspectacular core to the film but the continued emergence of Jai Courtney and the ever good work of Tom Wilkinson (here called in to ad gravitas to a film that needed the weight) really brings the film to life. Courtney does some fine work as young detective Jim, even though he is saddled to the films horrid and awkward love story but it really is Wilkinson that steals this show. Wilkinson is both sympathetic, calculated and snarling as old time detective Summer. Wilkinson bites into the script and comes out on fire, it's a joy to see such a veteran of the industry come to our fair shores and show us how it's done and he clearly had a blast with this character. Director Saville also comes up trumps here despite some narrative flaws in the story and his direction honed in film and quality TV like The Slap has clearly set him up well.

While many bemoan local audiences failing to support home grown films, if the films are like Felony there's no reason why we should be forking out hard earned money on films like this. There not bad films but there films that aren't likely to cause people much excitement as truth be told, it's nothing we haven't been witness to before and Felony just doesn't do enough to leap from the pack even though it has some nice moments.

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