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Macbeth (2006)



Critic Consensus: A new take on Macbeth relies too heavily on nudity and violence, and ends up looking like a campy 1970s horror movie.

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With the 2006 MacBeth, controversial Australian director Geoffrey Wright (Romper Stomper, Metal Skin) launches his fourth big screen outing and continues the trend of reinventing Shakespeare by contemporizing the bard's plays. As in other recent efforts (Richard Loncraine's Richard III (1996), Michael Almereyda's Hamlet (2000)), Wright uses a distinctly postmodern context to extract related themes from the original work. Here, Wright reworks the brutal tragedy Macbeth, retaining its Elizabethan dialogue, but resituating the events within the arena of modern Australian gang violence. His Macbeth (Sam Worthington) is a drug baron and pimp, his Lady Macbeth a Valium-addicted, narcoleptic burnout and manipulator, his Duncan the head of Melbourne's criminal underground. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth murder Duncan in cold blood (framing the servants as responsible), but soon after Macbeth takes the throne, he is undone - and beheaded - by usurper Macduff. Like former adapter Roman Polanski, Wright ups the quotients of bloodletting, sadism, and underlying iciness. He filmed much of the picture with HD photography - thus capturing a broader range of imagery and a much blacker darkness in his nighttime sequences - and lit a pivotal action scene exclusively with red laser gun sights. The result is a thoroughly unique and unprecedented work. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: William Shakespeare, Giuseppe Verdi, Geoffrey Wright, Victoria Hill
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On DVD: Sep 25, 2007
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Victoria Hill
as Lady Macbeth
Lachy Hulme
as Macduff
Gary Sweet
as Duncan
Mick Molloy
as Murderer in Brown
Matt Doran
as Malcolm
Rel Hunt
as Angus
Chloe Armstrong
as First Witch
Kate Bell
as Second Witch
Miranda Nation
as Third Witch
Nash Edgerton
as Macdonwald
Lance Anderson
as Henchman with Glasse...
Kevin Tran
as Macdonwald's Bagman
Samuel Tew
as Goateed Gunman
Anna Anderson
as Shy Girl
Hai Ha
as Skinny Girl
Nikon Souphan
as Elevator Gunman
Ri-Jie Kwok
as Getaway Driver
Terry Lim
as Chinese Businessman
Norman Keller
as Duncan's Bald Bodygu...
Charles Lavea-Willia...
as Duncan's Bearded Bod...
Socratis Otto
as Det. Mentieth
Ruby O'Rourke
as Singer on TV
Katherine Tonkin
as Lady Macbeth's Maid
Craig Scott
as Fleance
Corinne Davies
as Ross's Girl
Saskia Sansom
as Angus's Girl
Edwina Wren
as Malcolm's Girl
Kat Stewart
as Lady Macduff
Louis Corbett
as Macduff's Son
Chris Vance
as Detective Caithness
Jamie-Lee Wilson
as Female Constable
Peter Davenport
as Constable Michael
Esther Usher
as Barmaid
Inouk Arnall
as Reporter on TV
Siro Niaros
as Scar-Mouthed Henchma...
Jarrah Cocks
as One-Eyed Henchman
Robert Shook
as Long-Haired Henchman
John Molloy
as Murderer in Black
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Critic Reviews for Macbeth

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (16)

The play's power has been diluted by questionable editing, an overload of blandly stylized violence and the conspicuous suspicion that this whole thing is the predictable result of catering to base commercial instincts.

Full Review… | January 14, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Something weakened this way comes, you could say.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

The film has the over-stylized sheen of a car commercial peopled by actors decked out like brooding fashion models.

Full Review… | July 26, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Wright directs it with straight-faced conviction.

Full Review… | July 13, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

This Macbeth is true to the ugly-hearted original. No one is redeemed by gore, or absolved of madness. Nor do lines sound any less sublime when channeled through underlings and overlords.

Full Review… | July 13, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

This is both an exciting thriller and a worthy addition to the canon of Shakespearean cinema.

Full Review… | July 13, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Macbeth

This Aussie new version of William Shakespeare's savage tale at the 21st century gangland is familiar to the epic movie classics with the characters and acting scenes.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


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 W. Johnson
Cameron Johnson

Super Reviewer


"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.

Magnus XXXX

Super Reviewer

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