Thursday, 13 May 2010
The Square 
Though directed by stuntman turned first-time feature filmmaker Nash Edgerton, and written by his brother and bit actor turned first-time screenwriter Joel Edgerton, the Aussie film The Square is surprisingly assured debuts for both. Substituting the current trend for labyrinthine and ultra-violent plots among neo-noirs, the movie’s straightforward storyline feels something out of the blue, and pleasantly so. A modern day recreation of such classic noirs as The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity, the film is about how a young and ambitious housewife, wanting to add to some spice to her dull life, compels a married construction engineer, who’s having a torrid affair on the sly with her, to rob the stash of money belonging to her lowlife husband. As in nearly always the case with extra-marital couples planning to get rich quick and easy, things go horrible wrong as a chain of unfortunate coincidences lead their lives irrevocably downhill, in the process championing the gleefully nihilistic Murphy’s Law. The film, which has received exquisite treatment in terms of atmospheric photography and tight editing, is bleak and times even borderline absurdist, culminating in an ironic finale. The acting, unfortunately, isn’t very impressive, barring Claire van der Boom as the pretty femme fatale.
Director: Nash Edgerton
Genre: Thriller/Crime Thriller/Post Noir