Release Date: July 6th, 2007 (Quad Cinema) by Truly Indie.
The Cast: Sam Worthington, Victoria Hill, Lachy Hulme, Gary Sweet, Steve Bastoni, Mick Molloy, Miranda Nation, Chloe Armstrong, Kate Bell.
Directed by Geoffrey Wright.
BASIC PREMISE: Macbeth (Worthington) kills his crime boss, Duncan (Sweet), and struggles to stay powerful and strong while fighting gangsters who want him dead. Based on the play by William Shakespeare.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This very bloody and stylish modern update of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” suffers from a messy plot, stilted dialogue and too much nauseating camerawork. Sam Worthington gives a mediocre performance as the titular character whose wife, Lady Macbeth (Hill), drives him into an insane, power-hungry man who kills his very own crime boss, Duncan. Everything pretty much goes downhill from there, both in terms of Macbeth’s situation and the movie itself. Too many scenes feel contrived and awkward with characters shouting altered Shakespearean dialogue sans any of the required conviction. Not that any of the characters should have been truly likable, but co-writer/director Geoffrey Wright fails to add any complexity or redeeming qualities. Also, there aren’t any interesting nuances in the dull, monotonous script. The last act has stylish but nauseating action sequences which seem to go on forever as everyone seems to be shooting everyone with guns. Whether or not you’re familiar with Shakespeare, Macbeth still amounts to an awkward, headache-inducing mess.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: A messy plot with stilted dialogue and excessive action scenes.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 9
IN A NUTSHELL: Visually stylish, but unfocused, awkward and monotonous.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: TV
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