FELONY | DVD REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

In celebration of FELONY releasing to DVD in Australia the fine folks at Roadshow Entertainment have given us 5x copies to giveaway on DVD. Revisit, or read for the first time, Kernel Kerryn’s review from October and then enter at the bottom. Rock on peeps – JK OUT!

ORIGINAL ARTICLE FROM OCTOBER 2014

Apologies we missed getting this review for FELONY up prior to release. We must have missed screenings and it got a limited release and I did not even realise it was out until Kernel Kerryn Williams asked me if he could review it. It was a shame this did not get a wide release, everywhere I read it says the film is great. Strong film with stronger cast and impressive story. By now you would have missed this for cinema release, but have no fear, it will be out soon on Blu Ray and DVD and from Kerryn’s review you might want to add it to your list. FELONY was released by Roadshow Films, is rated M and runs for 105mins. Enjoy Kerryn’s review below…..all the best…..JK.

 

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FELONY | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MOVIE POSTER

 

REVIEW BY KERRYN WILLIAMS

At what price? At what price must things come; when all morality is put hard against the wall and those who stand on the straight and narrow must sway? FELONY sat on my radar for a while and I had heard rumours that Joel Edgerton (WARRIOR, ANIMAL KINGDOM) was conjuring a story about morals for some years and I will be the first to say I almost ashamedly missed it – though it seems so did the rest of the country. Struggling to find a distributor this first class piece showed mostly to empty cinemas and that is such a shame in itself. Edgerton has some white knuckles when it comes to crafting a good screenplay and his last outing THE SQUARE (2008) was so underrated. This time he asks the question of what is the right thing to do?

 

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FELONY | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | DETECTIVE CARL SUMMER (TOM WILKINSON)

 

Joel Edgerton plays police detective Mal Toohey who has just won the honours of his comrades after a drug bust in which he takes a bullet to the vest, they label him a hero and like most Australians when it comes to celebrating this calls for a night out at the local pub. This is where the water starts to get murky and we get our first glimpse at internal corruption in the police force. He leaves the celebrations after a fair share of drinks and a fellow officer gives him the ‘password’ to be let off if caught driving under the influence of alcohol. Mal waves off his buddies and proceeds home, the beads of water on the windscreen take their toll and soon it’s hard for Mal to keep focus. Then it happens, a slight bump is heard and the next moment a child lays motionless on the road lit up by his tail lights and suddenly the shining example of an officer of the law is put on the wire. It’s in these next few moments everything that is ingrained into him; all his morals are silenced by a few stray words to the paramedics… “What happened” they ask, “I’m not sure” he replies.

 

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FELONY | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MALCOLM TOOHEY (JOEL EDGERTON)

 

FELONY was originally slated as a short but Edgerton saw more in it than that and it’s this underlying guilt that really stirs the pot for this drama. Such as in a film of heaping gravity we find a supporting role in Australian rising star Jai Courtney (A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD) who personally takes on the task of unravelling the suspicious circumstances of the investigation. However what impressed me most about this film was the incredible addition of Tom Wilkinson (BATMAN BEGINS, GHOST IN THE DARKNESS) who is a tour de force stamping an authoritative and brilliant performance as the veteran investigator who knows all too well what must be done for the good of the force?

I couldn’t have been happier with how this film felt and the way it was cut; it’s so earthy and real that you feel the sweat on the back of your neck, the dirt under your nails as desperation and guilt start to dictate the story. If there was anything to be taken from this film is the question of at what cost?

 

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FELONY | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | JULIE TOOHEY (MELISSA GEORGE), MALCOLM TOOHEY (JOEL EDGERTON) AND THE KIDS

 

However, it does suffer at times and there are few scenes that were either forgotten or unfinished which could be the result of it turning into a full length feature from a short. Having said that I’m always thoroughly impressed with Edgerton’s writing and he is a real flag waver for the immense talent we have in this country. If you are one of the few who sit back and let these Australian films slip past you, fobbing them off as low budget yarns then you are truly missing out. Whilst this doesn’t rub shoulders with such great films as SHINE or ANIMAL KINGDOM it certainly punches above its weight. Do take the time out to see more Australian made films and if it’s a crime drama you can be sure we’ve nailed it.

Now just to convince the rest of the world…

 

4 Pops

 

With special thanks to Roadshow Entertainment to win one the 5X DVDs of FELONYyou need to either like and share/ retweet this post on Facebook/Twitter/ Google+/ Pinterest/ LinkedIn/ Flipboard or Instagram (all the links to follow us are on the top right of homepage), you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer/s to the following questions:

What is your favourite Joel Edgerton movie and why? Answers containing EXODUS will require you to be judged :). Mine would probably be ANIMAL KINGDOM.

If you do not have social media then get with the times – you can still enter, leave your entry below and email me at jking@saltypopcorn.com.au telling me you don’t have social media (you still need to enter on the website).

It is a game of skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels.

The prizes will be sent after JAN 15th! Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.