It doesn't take long to work out how the structure of the Sprague family works, with David Wenham's Brett intimidating and manipulating his way to the top of the pack, allowing the men to dominate and the woman to become subservient. And it's through this process that Wenham truly shines, because it says a lot about an actor who can make his audience on edge as much as those around him. As his younger brother Glenn, John Polson is also brilliant and is the most compassionate of the title characters, with youngest brother Stevie (a solid performance from Anthony Hayes) conveying his suppressed rage in almost every scene. As for the women, Lynette Curran is sympathetically convincing as the boys' mother and Toni Collette is superbly powerful as Brett's girlfriend Michelle.
Exceptionally directed by Rowan Woods, this gritty tale in which flashforwards gradually reveal the boys' fate, finishes off with a final line of dialogue that says so much about Brett.