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October 7, 2008
Based on a true story of a maximum security prison in the States, this movie shows what inhumane incarceration can do to people. This is a harrowing journey not for the faint hearted. Nick Cave plays a truly crazed character...very well I might add. Dave Mason from The Reels (anyone remember them?) is also great as a transexual inmate. Strong performances everywhere in this movie. Intense!
½ June 29, 2008
It's got Nick Cave, you can't possibly go wrong.
½ June 7, 2008
Startling film about how society creates criminals in order to instill fear into the innocent and thus keep nations under control, brutal and uncompromising this is a very impressive debut from John Hillcoat also written, scored and briefly acted by Nick Cave, very dark and very interesting
½ May 28, 2008
Nick Cave wrote this movie. If you know his music, then that should give you an idea of the darkness of this film. The fact that this is based on a true story makes me question humanity. This is a difficult movie to find, but if you're a fan of Nick Cave or like prison movies...search for it.
March 15, 2008
Brutal depiction of a maximum-security prison where the administration is intentionally creating and increasing the friction between guards and inmates.
February 6, 2008
i loved the proposition and would love to see what john hillcoat worked on before
February 1, 2008
grim, grim, grim, grim
½ January 29, 2008
An un-compromisingly brutal depiciton of a violent moment within a maximum security prison, located somewhere in the Australian desert. The performances are natural, the violence is bloody, the nudity is graphic, the drug content is high, and all the while the camera is un-flinching and the music is both haunting and unnerving. This film is not a pleasent experience, but it is nevertheless an accomplished work - you will not leave the film un-scathed.
January 24, 2008
Brutal, excritiating, horrific and blinding. Set against a backdrop of routine bastardisation in a clinical and precise maximum security prison. Walls are drenched with blood before the end. Nick Cave's insane rantings written in blood. A powerfully erotic kiss between two men. A skull smashed in a toilet. A caged lunatic population. Terror, pure fear.
January 2, 2008
Looks darker than a black hole on a Tuesday night in Death Valley at midnight.
December 22, 2007
I saw TNUC at the beach the other day.
December 11, 2007
Det enda jag kan anmärka på är att det inte finns nå´n textning på DVD:n men det funkar alldeles utmärkt att följa med i historian genom att titta på bilderna.
November 29, 2007
Honest and hard look at prison life that moves no faster than the days that drudge by for those in solitary confinement.
Ahead of its time before modern prison dramas were popular.
Unflinching.
½ November 28, 2007
Watched this one for one of my criminology classes. A great film on corrections.
½ November 26, 2007
nick cave plays an amazing psychotic but otherwise it was pretty dull. pretty good cinematography though.
November 10, 2007
Extremely brutal and harrowing, you only have to know that Nick Cave is in it to know how f&&cked the situation is. Really disturbing, but fascinating in a kind of voueuristic way.
October 25, 2007
a gem of a film - a brutal jail story to scare you straight
½ October 24, 2007
harsh and brutal, but a great piece of cinema
½ October 11, 2007
This is one scary Australian film set in a violent futuristic prison. Nick Cave is one nasty dude in this, the end scene shot at Parliament station in Melbourne made me laugh as I used to wait for a train there everyday.
October 4, 2007
The cinematography and unflinching decpition of prison life are top shelf, but the message toward the end becomes unfocused and goes out with a whimper not a bang. Dissapointing.
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