Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Snowtown Murders (2011)

Original title: Snowtown

Director: Justin Kurzel

Writers: Shaun Grant, Justin Kurzel, Debi Marshall, Andrew McGarry

Composer: Jed Kurzel

Starring: Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Bob Adriaens, Louise Harris, Frank Cwiertniak, Matthew Howard, Marcus Howard, Anthony Groves, Richard Green, Aaron Viergever, David Walker, Craig Coyne

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Based on the shocking true story

Plot: Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

This is fucked up.  Jamie's (Pittaway) childhood was fucked up and it gets worse when his mom starts dating John (Henshall) who becomes a big part of Jamie's life, teaching him hate, violence and murder.  The slow descent into darkness is wonderfully crafted.  The droning tones of the score go a long way in preparing the viewer for everything that unfolds.  You'd almost think it would be numbing but it's just the opposite.  It's shocking.  The dog scene was hard to take.  The sound is what did it for me.  This is a harsh movie and it's  great to see a serial killer of a different kind than we're used to.  He's got a moral code and doesn't kill for sport but with purpose, to rid the world of evil people, kind of like DEXTER but without the laughs and charm.  That and you're not on his side at all.  He's a despicable person.  This isn't an easy watch but it's powerful and lasting.  I'll definitely revisit this one someday.  It was on Netflix at the time I saw it.

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