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RAZOR EATERS is your front-row ticket to an anarchistic rampage of violence, death and destruction. Based loosely on the exploits of the Hedge-Burners gang who plagued Melbourne and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Shannon Young ...
Matt Robertson ...
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Vincent Gil ...
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RAZOR EATERS is your front-row ticket to an anarchistic rampage of violence, death and destruction. Based loosely on the exploits of the Hedge-Burners gang who plagued Melbourne and videotaped their crimes, the RAZOR EATERS gang swings its broad sword across suburbia, delivering explosive thrills and bloody eye-candy. Heralding the motto 'Organise, Traumatise, Immortalise', the five young members attract headlines by targeting all those we'd love to see get punished - filthy drug dealers, corrupt politicians, arrogant sports stars...and parking inspectors! Written by Nick Levy

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Organise. Traumatise. Immortalise.


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The best independent film made in the new millenium thus far
17 March 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Five young men calling themselves the Razor Eaters brutally murder drug dealers, kidnap and humiliate politicians, vandalize properties and generally terrorize the city of Melbourne. Why?

Robert Kennedy said: ~Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves?T. Well, congratulations, Australia, youve earned us Razor Eaters

Loosely based on true events in recent years, Razor Eaters is a stunning and brilliant achievement in filmmaking. Not only is it the best independent film I have ever seen (the authors opinion only), it rivals mainstream Hollywood films in action, direction, and acting. The near flawless script is full of twists and turns, while the characters are well developed and complicated. On top of these achievements, Razor Eaters is disturbing and controversial.

An Australian film that seems to rival itâ?Ts predecessors (Romper Stomper and Chopper) in terms of acclaim, Razor Eaters is aggressively violent and in your face, and boasts a cast that is likely to go on to bigger and better things based on their talent.

The story centers on the exploits of the five young men and the acts of violence they commit against those they feel have wronged society. Both a desire for revenge and for fame prompt them to videotape all of their exploits, ultimately leading them to their eventual, and final, showdown with the police. Depicted are violent murders and tortures, aggressive physical brutality, explosions, fire, and blood. Though the gore is stirring, this is not an action film. The real stars are the characters who are haunted by troubled pasts and their dissatisfaction with the present state of affairs in Australia. Zach (Richard Cawthorne) is the groups leader, trusted implicitly by his gang; he leads them on the rampage. Richard Cawthornes performance is mesmerizing, to say the least, and his charisma allows him to carry the role without ever losing touch with his character. Teague Rook plays Orville, the brilliant amateur pyrotechnician who provides the explosions necessary for inspiring fear in the citizens of Melbourne. His shyness hides a twisted secret that no one else guesses. Campbell usher plays the tormented Anthony, a man who idolizes Zach like an older brother, and gets unwillingly caught up in all of the violence. Usher plays Anthony subtly and beautifully, conveying emotions with little or no dialogue. Shannon Young fittingly plays Rob, the one who films all of their exploits. Both being the director, and playing the actor who is filming the violence for later viewing, seems like a challenge, especially in terms of getting the proper footage while staying in character. Shannon Young has no problems with this complex task, and his footage is always fantastic. Fletcher Humphrys, Australian soap actor plays Roger, the loose cannon. Rogers violent actions, maniacal laughter, and convincing death throes make him easily the most enjoyable character in the film. Paul Moder rounds out the cast as Detective Danny Berdan, the man who finds himself mesmerized by the tapes of the violent slayings. He even ends up being filmed by the Razor Eaters and sees himself on their tapes. Unable to distance himself from his investigation, Detective Berdan becomes a part of it. Seeking to put an end to their bloody rampage, he goes on one himself. The climax of the film is unnerving, as the police and the terrorists seem to be exactly the same in their impulse; to rid the world of those who have wronged it.

Shannon Young has created a movie of extraordinary vision and hostility. By exploring each individual characters motivation instead of attempting to categorize the good guys and the bad guys, he crafts a distressing picture of the state of society in present Australia. By tackling the touchy subject of domestic terrorism, an in light of recent brutal attacks at Columbine and at the Twin Towers, Shannon Young has proven himself a daring and gutsy filmmaker. Blurring the lines between right and wrong forces the viewer to questions what they would have done in a similar situation. The ending will leave the viewer disturbed, but impressed at the skill involved to pull off this project.

Reminiscent of violent films like Reservoir Dogs, Fight Club, and Usual Suspects, Razor Eaters can rival any of them for a position as a provocative, ground-breaking tale.

By following in the footsteps of independent films like Blair Witch project, Razor Eaters blends film and video seamlessly. Edited with fluidity, the film does not seem amateur or low budget because of the use of handheld video camera footage comprising most of the important and controversial scenes. Young never skimped on Special Effects. Real explosions, real car accidents, and real guns add professionalism and a realism that is rarely seen in independent films. No Computer graphics are used at all. Blood is kept to a tasteful minimum. Authentic-looking wounds are validated by the incredible acting and superior script to create a realness that most filmmakers try to accomplish with gory effects.

Harsh and Brutal, but thought-provoking and, (dare I say?) Mind-blowing, razor Eaters is immeasurably above any other independent films that have come out in the past few years. It is not optimistic to say that this indie flick will gain the recognition it deserves as a great film throughout the course of its exposure in the United States and in the rest of the world, to end up next to Trainspotting and Mad Max as a heavy influence on modern American cinema.

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