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Gettin' Square (2003)

  Directed by: Jonathan Teplitzky
Written by: Chris Nyst
Starring: Timothy Spall, Freya Stafford, Gary Sweet, David Wenham, Sam Worthington
Links: Gettin' Square on the IMDb
Genre: Drama
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Film 2003 (nominee)

This movie gets: 9.00 (1 rating)
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Gettin' Square (2003) is also mentioned in pearly's review of pentuphouse (1998) and pearly's review of Three Dollars (2005).

"This is Wenham's film" - a review by pearly

Gettin' Square is one of the best examples of how to make an average movie into a brilliant one simply by casting the right actor into the right role. For this movie, that actor is David Wenham, and the role is that of Johnny Spitieri, an unintelligent junkie. Put anyone else into the role, and this movie would have been a 6 or 7 at best, but add Wenham, stir vigorously for 100 minutes, sit back, and watch the gem that you have created. This is the reason that good (and often, unfortunately, bad) actors get paid outrageously large sums of money: because when they do their job well, they really are worth the money.

Okay, I'll shut up about that now.

Gettin' Square is about three criminals who are trying to set their lives straight. Spitieri is one; he's just out of jail and trying to get himself off drugs. Barry Wirth (Sam Worthington) met Spitieri in jail, and he is released towards the start of the movie, and is also trying to clean himself up. The third is Darren (Timothy Spall); he owns a classy restaurant and gives Barry a job, but his ties with some mafiaesque guys mean he may not be able to go straight.

So, yeah, essentially it's a cops and robbers style movie, made to stand out by one particular performance. Actually, make that two performances: the other one that stood out was the extremely awful job done by Gretel Killeen in what is, thankfully, only a bit part. Did she really have to put on that terrible accent (I'd tell you the type of accent it was, but it was so bad that I couldn't figure it out), and was it really necessary for her to over-act so much? Stick to writing novels and hosting reality television shows Killeen. On second thought, why don't you just retire now?

The twists and turns of the story in Gettin' Square so make it similar to so many others in this style, but it's not particularly predictable as some can be, and the final few minutes are great if you haven't yet figured out what's going to happen (which I didn't). Freya Stafford certainly chose well for her move from television to film.

Did I mention how great Wenham was?

pearly gives this movie 9 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 15 Oct 2003

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  1. luvly movie

    Rating given: 5

    A comment from dim on Sun 09 Sep 2007 20:19 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 5.00 (1 rating)

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