The Square Reviews
Director: Nash Edgerton
Summary: Bored with married life, middle-aged Ray (David Roberts) devises a dangerous scheme to steal a large sum of money and run away with his beautiful young mistress, Carla (Claire van der Boom), in this neo-noir thriller from Australia. It looks as if the plot involving Carla's unscrupulous husband and a career arsonist is a success -- until an anonymous blackmailer threatens to expose the truth.
My Thoughts: "This is a very slow thriller/suspense film. I am usually a fan of these types, but it was just too slow for me. The characters have no life in them. There's no connecting or empathizing with them. So it was hard to care which way the story went or what happened to the characters. Just way to long for the story being told. So in the end just a bit of a bore for me. The ending was perfect though. I liked that all the cheating couple was working toward ended the way it did.. Teach you to keep your goods in your pants when your married."
With the short film "Spider," director Nash Edgerton displayed a talent for the sick joke. However, with his first feature "The Square," he tones the humor down to make a taut noir with its fair share of twists, some predictable, some not.(Only one bit of violence is unnecessary and it is a minor incident, so I'll look the other way.) A lot of this comes down to Ray who hates his job, being under pressure to constantly cut costs and is tempted at the freedom to walk away. Up and until now he has lived the life of the straight and narrow and is out of his depth in an otherwise corrupt corner of the world. And I am sure that his otherwise pleasant demeanor appealed to the younger Carla, to whom he must have seemed like a breath of fresh air. She is probably not the only woman in the movie to be dominated by her husband and the movie is populated by a surfeit of hirsute dudes who walk the line of legality.
(Originally reviewed on May 2, 2010.)