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A new take on Macbeth relies too heavily on nudity and violence, and ends up looking like a campy 1970s horror movie. Read critic reviews

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Set in the present in Melbourne, Australia, a power struggle takes place among gangsters.

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Critic Reviews for Macbeth

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  • Dec 19, 2010
    While often campy and not too recognizable as an adaptation of Shakespeare's classic thriller, the contemperary gangster film incarnation of "Macbeth" does have its moments of being tense and compelling and holds strong characters, a notable and cool soundtrack and I believe to be an intense and rather satisfying conclusion. However, as I've stated, the film is slow at points and presents itself more as a gangster film than a recreation of "Macbeth". As for the edgier parts, some violence and nudity is inappropriate, though not as gratuitous or relied upon as the critics would have you believe. (Especially when you're comparing to Polanski's version) Ultimately, Geoffrey Wright's "Macbeth" makes for a better general film than it does a modern take on the classic story, but still makes for a cool time-killer.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2009
    another sam Worthington movie (some weird wardrobe he had. the green shirt i like & don't at same time but there was some crazy suits & toward end he's got a freaking kilt thing on!! (good thing I already saw him in one in previews for clash of the titans but a leather one.. I would have fallen on the floor! Done modern (like Romeo & juliet w/ Leo Dicaprio) Not ure what to make of it. But w/ Sam (Macbeth) playing lead I really wasn?t bored. & the part I knew I?d love (& might gross me out?) the Double Double Toil & Trouble part..(well was kinda gross? the table w/ the ingredients on it. Then seeing them drink the concoction had a gag reflex. As already mentioned Sam?s wardrobe was interesting. (One of my amazon purchases) for the witchy part I?ll give it a B For movie wadrobe etc stuff. (& the fact that somehow I understood MOST of the actuall poem? I?ll go B
  • Oct 06, 2008
    "Be bloody, bold and resolute; laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth." A modern day Macbeth in a form of a gangster action film, bloody and violent. Sam Worthington (Macbeth) and Victoria Hill (Lady Macbeth) deliver brilliant performances. Excellent score by John Clifford White. A great film by Geoffrey Wright.
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  • Feb 14, 2008
    A violent and daring remake of the Shakespeare play.Macbeth has been working as a local ganglord's right hand man for years and feels its about time he got the respect and admiration he deserves and should become a gang leader himself but the only way he can see himself doing this is if something bad happens to his boss.Cue lots of guns and blood as Macbeth loses his mind until the inevitable,bloody climax.A decent adaptation with the modernisation of the characters,the three witches especially,being interesting.A good film,if you can get past the old school shakespeare language!
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