RISE | MOVIE REVIEW

RISE is an Australian prison story based on the director’s life. He was accused (and charged) for rape year’s ago and was sent to prison on a six year sentence, through his faith and court battles this film shows how he got out of prison and had all charges for the rape overturned. It is out now in selected Australian cinemas, it is released from Vision Films Australia and Pinnacle Films, it runs for 103mins and is rated M. You can suss what cinemas are playing it HERE. All the best……JK.

 

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REVIEW BY JASON KING

The movie opens with a montage fun dating scene with a young nurse who finishes his shift and heads out partying, meets a girl, has fun times and heads back to sleep with the young lass. The next week he is accused of rape, it all moves swiftly, and he is placed in jail. Sentence 6yrs. Rapists are scum and are treated like they deserve in prison and young Will McIntyre (Nathan Wilson) is advised to keep his crime to himself. But even a few of the prison guards hate him and want him to be given a hard time.

The film is more about Will’s time in prison and the people he meets and through his faith and blossoming Christianity saves the souls of a few other people.

 

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I have to be honest, the film is awful. It barely makes straight to DVD success for me. I am guessing here that it probably had a similar budget to STARRED UP out of the UK, it came out not long after other Australian prison movie for 2014, SON OF A GUN and this film fails on nearly every level from where these films succeed.

From the self indulgent director, Mack Lindon, who tells his story and does it completely one sided. Will, basically playing Mack, is a faithful person who turns to god, he forgives his accuser, he is young and liked by most in the prison (eventually), his mum loves him, he is an angel, he gets no retribution for his alleged crime, yet we never hear the “accuser’s” side of the story and in Lindon’s RISE she has no voice. Worse than that, she basically has no motive, no one would accuse a one night stand of rape so as to not piss off her ex-boyfriend she wants to get back with.

Then there is the acting, direction and “fight choreography.” Martin Sacks is a superb actor, he has been in movies, TV and stage since 1977, he plays the rough criminal Jimmy. He fairs OK but the dialogue provided to him is a let down. Nathan Wilson is cute and you do side with him, again you are let down by dialogue and I hate to say it, Wilson’s acting, was it the acting or the directing that could not bring out the character enough? It was very amateur.

 

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Uggghhhhh the fight scene, it was embarrassing, I have never seen a more fake movie prison fight scene. Surely they view dailies right?

I may seem harsh but there are a few things I did like, I liked Will’s story, not Mack’s story, Will’s, and I did feel for him, I wanted him to succeed. I also enjoyed the chemistry that formed between Jimmy and Will and the ending, while quite “Shawshank” it was enjoyable and I did feel a little choked up :). I was happy at their outcome, as sappy as it was.

 

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The movie is ambitious but it was rushed, it needed a good re-write, more script work, more takes and less indulgence. I know this is probably Mack pleading his case from his point of view, but it feels way too innocent and angelic. I am not a religious person and I find nothing in religion, I find it one of the most ridiculous ideals of a humanity killing itself in the name of many gods. I do find happiness in people having something to believe in and pursue, in a faith, mine is science and logic but whatever helps people, I can never imaging what people go through in prison, I could not comprehend how I would cope if I was wrongly accused and in this situation but while the film makes me ponder this, it does not allow me to enjoy the film because of it.

Make up your own mind and let me know what you think of the movie.

 

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