33 Postcards Reviews
It has been a couple of months now since I watched this film and the details are quickly fading. Guy Pearce plays an incarcerated man wanting to turn a new leaf. He has sponsored a Chinese orphan for several years, making up stories of his picture-perfect life in Australia. When the orphan, Mei Mei, is sent on a trip to Australia with her world-famous children's choir, she is determined to meet the man she owes so much to. Naturally, some trouble ensues. Mei Mei unwittingly gets swept up into the criminal lifestyle that led to her sponsor's arrest. The film tries to be hard and gritty, but it comes off as a bit too contrived and predictable.
On the whole, the performances aren't awful, but the story is lacking in realism. When a film is meant to be a real life drama and it comes across as far-fetched, the audience loses faith. I know I did.