Five men bent on revenge discover getting even isn't as simple as they thought -- and the circumstances not as cut and dried as they believed -- in this psychological drama from Australia. Bernard (Damian de Montemas) is a middle-aged piano teacher who lives in a small village on the outskirts of Perth. One evening Bernard returns home to discover he has unexpected guests -- five men in masks who hold him down and force him to swallow an entire bottle of sleeping pills. The men leave behind a forged suicide note and flee the scene of the crime as we learn the motive behind their actions -- the men were friends with a young woman who took lessons with Bernard, and after he seduced her she committed suicide. The men believe they've committed a perfect murder until one of them realizes they left something behind, and when they go back to retrieve it, they discover Bernard has somehow survived the overdose. As they try to sort out their next move, Bernard shares some details about his relationship with the young woman, and the would-be assassins wonder if they may have been wrong about the their friend and her death. The first feature from writer and director Michael Henry, Blame received its North American premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Blame
Strong debut from Australian writer-director Michael Henry. Tightly wound and nicely progressed, this impressive potboiler deserves a wider audience than its limited release pattern will afford it.
It's essentially well acted, beautifully shot, and the script has enough propulsion to sustain its very modest eighty-eight minutes.
Michael Henry's Blame clearly takes inspiration from the greats, and the writer/director certainly recognises the ingredients required for a taut psychological thriller, but he doesn't quite follow through in the execution.
The menace is missing. What we get instead is much bumbling about in the bush.
There's nothing going on here that you haven't seen done before elsewhere and better, but there's still enough here that's fresh.
Aided by an excellent cast and terrific premise, this had the potential to be an engaging nail-biter but unfortunately ends up predictable and contrived.
Writer/director Michael Henry gradually teases out the secrets that only one of the five know: secrets that once revealed, become demons that won't be easily put down
Here's a juicy revenge thriller that is crammed with tension, action, suspense and a couple of twists before its deadly resolution
...Blame primarily comes off as a stagnant, irritatingly talky drama that ultimately feels like an abject exercise in needlessness.
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