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The Square

Director: Nash Edgerton,

Cast: David Roberts, Claire Van Der Boom, Joel Edgerton


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Temptation turns a man's life upside down in this noir-influenced thriller from Australia. Ray Yale (David Roberts) is a construction worker who is married to Martha (Lucy Bell) and is helping to build an upscale resort hotel just outside Sydney. Ray isn't entirely happy in his marriage, and his roving eye has


Temptation turns a man's life upside down in this noir-influenced thriller from Australia. Ray Yale (David Roberts) is a construction worker who is married to Martha (Lucy Bell) and is helping to build an upscale resort hotel just outside Sydney. Ray isn't entirely happy in his marriage, and his roving eye has become focused on Carla (Claire van der Boom), a hairdresser who lives next door. Carla is married to a low-level mobster, Greg (Anthony Hayes), but she craves excitement and is soon having a torrid affair with Ray. Carla knows that Greg has a large bundle of cash hidden in their home, and she hatches a scheme she shares with Ray -- they steal they money, set fire to the house, and run off together, with Greg imagining the cash was lost in the blaze. While Ray isn't interested in a life of crime, he can't say no to Carla, but when he develops cold feet at the last minute, his attempts to reach Billy (Joel Edgerton), who was hired to torch the house, are unsuccessful, and things take a turn for the worse when he learns that Greg's aged mother was in the house when it burned to the ground. Ray quickly realizes he's been implicated in a murder, and Billy doesn't hesitate to use this knowledge to his advantage. The Square was the first directorial project for Nash Edgerton, who previously was one of the leading stuntmen in the Aussie film industry.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Australian siblings Joel and Nash Edgerton's The Square has drawn favorable comparisons to the early work of the Coen Brothers, and for good reason -- much like their American counterparts did in Blood Simple, these fraternal filmmakers do an outstanding job of setting up a story of betrayal, treachery, and revenge, then steadily raising the stakes until it all comes crashing down in a climax that will have you gasping out loud. Don't be fooled by the generic title; The Square is the kind of thriller that starts off fairly unassuming, and gets increasingly intense with each passing minute. It's one of those films that few are likely to see first-run, since it's only getting a limited theatrical release, but will no doubt gain a strong following thanks to positive word of mouth. And while it doesn't exactly redefine the thriller genre, it is a near-flawless example of it. Ray (David Roberts) and Carla (Claire van der Boom) are having an affair. They've been talking about running away together, but Ray seems reluctant to leave his wife, and they don't have enough money to make a clean getaway. Enter Carla's husband, Greg (Anthony Hayes), a hot-headed thug who just happens to have a full bag of cash sitting in his attic. Scheming, the illicit lovers plan to lift the money, then hire firebug electrician Billy (Joel Edgerton) to torch the house so Greg won't even realize it was stolen. Needless to say, the plan goes horribly awry, and before they know it Ray and Carla are both being dragged down the long, hard road to hell as their hopes for a happy future together go up in flames. To reveal any more about the plot would be a betrayal to both the reader and the Edgertons, who have established themselves as true masters of their craft with their very first feature. But just because they've only now broken the 90-minute barrier behind the camera doesn't mean the Edgertons haven't been honing their talents in film for well over a decade; both have been appearing onscreen since the mid-'90s (Nash primarily as a stuntman in such high-profile films as Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones and The Matrix Revolutions, and Joel primarily as an actor in such films as Kinky Boots, Smokin' Aces, and Acolytes). Likewise, they've been working together as a writing/directing duo since the 1998 short Bloodlock (a film Nash co-directed with Kieran Darcy-Smith) -- no doubt a large part of the reason why The Square feels like such an assured first feature. And assured it is -- from the airtight screenplay to the convincing performances, smart direction, and skillful editing, The Square immerses you in the story from the moment the plot is hatched to the final fade to black. It's a Pandora's box of lies, tragedies, and deceptions that uses Murphy's Law as a guideline, and it heralds the arrival of a fresh new talent (or pair of talents) on the international film scene. If you're a fan of thrillers and The Square is playing at a theater near you this weekend, make a beeline for the box office -- you'll be glad that you did. If you're one of the millions of unfortunate souls who don't happen to live on one of the coasts, you'll have a precious hidden gem to discover once the film finds its way to home video. And we'll all have something to look forward to as the Edgertons continue their impressive ascent to the top of the film food chain.

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Sony Pictures
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Get A Behind-the-Scenes Look At This Cult Favorite; With Deleted Scenes, a Music Video, Making-Of Featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Roberts Ray
Claire Van Der Boom Carla
Joel Edgerton Billy
Anthony Hayes Smithy
Lucy Bell Martha
Kieran Darcy-Smith Barney
Brendan Donoghue Leonard
Hanna Mangan-Lawrence Lily
Peter Phelps Jake
Bill Hunter Gil Hubbard
Damon Herriman Eddie

Technical Credits
Nash Edgerton Director,Editor,Executive Producer
Drew Bailey Asst. Director
Matthew Dabner Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Luke Doolan Editor
Joel Edgerton Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Peter Grace Sound/Sound Designer
Ben Lee Songwriter
Angus MacDonald Art Director
Kirsty McGregor Casting
Elizabeth Moore Production Designer
Sam Petty Sound/Sound Designer
Sally Sharpe Costumes/Costume Designer
Brad Shield Cinematographer
Louise Smith Producer
Louise Smith Producer
Francois Tetaz Score Composer


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