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Relentlessly grim and gripping, Romper Stomper is a disquietingly authentic glimpse into the inner dynamics of a hate group, featuring an electric performance by Russell Crowe. Read critic reviews

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Hando (Russell Crowe) and Davey (Daniel Pollock) are the leaders of a racist youth gang who spend their nights attacking Asian immigrants in a rough section of Melbourne. On the run after losing badly in a fight against the new Vietnamese owners of their local pub, the pair hook up with teenage junkie Gabe (Jacqueline McKenzie), who suggests robbing the mansion of her rich and sexually abusive father (Alex Scott). But the girl's presence begins to drive a wedge between the longtime friends.

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  • Dec 15, 2011
    The only problem I ever had with this movie is the soundtrack, it just feels out of place and awkward and it puts a damper on a good racial drama. Russell Crowe is the head of a skinhead gang. He is incredibly destructive ordering his gang to attack the new Asian immigrants moving into his neighborhood. But he is not so smart in that his little attacks have made him the target of his enemies that far outnumber him and left to his own devices it might as well be anybody that he is attacking. One point in the film when he is attempting to convince his friend that he should murder his ex-girlfriend I am thinking to myself "he's just not happy unless he is killing or getting others to kill for him." It is true that this movie may not be very smart in terms of trying to deal with "what is racism? are you actually racist or have you been fed racist propaganda so long that you can't tell the truth for yourself?" Definitely not a "This is England" or "American History X" approach in storytelling. Yet in its simplicity there is a charm to it, this is the story of a micro-dictator and the downfall of his regime.
    Greg A Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2011
    A horrible yet endearing film about people in pain. The neo-nazis are shown in a bad light which they most certainly should be, but the acting of some of the members make me feel sad for them that they have fallen into this path. Great performances and an amazing final scene.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2011
    One of the best independant films of all time!
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2011
    The equivalent of American History X, without the redemption aspect. I liked that this feels like an even more realistic version of A Clockwork Orange in terms of an impoverished urban lifestyle, in which gangs rule. Russell Crowe is unbelievably convincing as the head honcho Skinhead; his reign of terror in this is worth watching alone. I wasn't crazy about the final showdown, but I guess it had to be done in order to be released. The visual style is wonderfully grainy and almost as deranged as its hero.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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