Felony (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Felony covers familiar ground but does so with uncommon style, thanks to a thought-provoking script, sharp direction, and powerful work from a talented cast.

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Three detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in critical condition. One is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it. How far will these men go to disguise and unravel the truth? (c) Gravitas Ventures
Rating: NR
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Matthew Saville
Written By: Joel Edgerton
In Theaters: limited
On DVD:
Runtime:
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Cast

Joel Edgerton
as Malcolm Toohey
Melissa George
as Julie Toohey
Jai Courtney
as Jim Melic
Sarah Roberts
as Ankhila Sarduka
Tom Wilkinson
as Detective Carl Summer
George Basha
as Truck Driver
Belinda Bromilow
as Officer Munroe
Ryan Gibson
as Nick Jermanus
Alex Haddad
as Patient
Jamie Way
as Brendan
John Harding
as Constable Phil
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Critic Reviews for Felony

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (8)

A deeply cynical movie masquerading as a complex moral dilemma, the Australian drama "Felony" proves only that skilled actors and slick photography can tart up even the most problematic script.

Full Review… | October 16, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Starring a trio of top male actors in splendid roles, the intricate, intimate "Felony" is a police story crossed with a perceptive psychological drama.

Full Review… | October 16, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's a rare treat to see a suspenseful crime drama delivered with so much nuance and restraint.

Full Review… | October 16, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

There's nothing glamorous about Felony's depiction of police work. These are stressed-out cops, flailing under pressure.

Full Review… | October 16, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

Strong acting all 'round helps, but unfortunately this is just a slow ride to nowhere.

Full Review… | October 15, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A lifeless Australian morality play about three corrupt police officers who cover up a hit-and-run.

Full Review… | October 14, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Felony

½

"Felony" is a good Australian drama film. "Felony" has great acting from "Tom Wilkinson" and "Joel Edgerton", "Jai Courtney" is not really a good actor but in this movie his acting tolerable. The plot to "Felony" is okay, the plot is that a police detective accidently hits a 9-year-old boy with his car; the police help him cover it up. The ending to "Felony" is not that amazing; in fact it's a bit disappointing. The music in "Felony" is all right. I thought "Felony" was an okay/good film and give it a 6.5/10.

Steve Grady
Steve Grady
½

Between a 6/10 and 7/10, a deeply cynical movie masquerading as a complex moral dilemma, the Australian drama "Felony" proves that skilled actors and slick photography can tart up a problematic script.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

After the biggest drug bust of his career, veteran Detective, Malcolm Toohey (Joel Edgerton), enjoys a few drinks with friends before driving home. On the way, he barely clips a paperboy on his bike, but what should be a minor incident, becomes big trouble when the boy is badly hurt in the fall. Toohey calls the police, telling his fellow Detective, Carl Summer (Tom Wilkinson), that he was driving home and found the boy laying there. Summer believes him and lets Toohey on his way, but his young partner, Jim Melic (Jai Courtney), doesn't believe the story and despite his bosses orders, refuses to let it go. The story here is pretty solid, the investigation and police work that go into it are very interesting to watch. Unfortunately, the movie isn't focused on that, as its mostly about Malcolm Toohey and his conscience. We watch as the man turns into a shell of his former self, as he struggles with what to do next. This should be an interesting sub-plot, but not the whole premises of the movie, as it slows things down tremendously. This film moves at such a snails pace, that the terrific and unexpected ending, become almost farcical. Joel Egerton is really terrific in his role, showing how one split second can change a persons life forever. The whole cast was really good and it's a shame that such talent was wasted. It's not that Felony is bad, it's just slow, and lacks the action a police drama should have. That being said, if you're into watching people battle their inner demons and fight their conscience, you might enjoy this film, but to me, it was somewhat boring.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

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