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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Wait until it's on weekly release, then be pleasantly surprised!, 22 December 2004
Author: Colette Corr from Melbourne, Australia
In Under The Radar, Nathan Philips plays Brandon, a surfer sentenced to
community service in a home for the intellectually disabled after a
"surf rage" incident. He befriends a shifty bogan, Trevor (played by
comedian Steady Eddie, who has cerebral palsy), and recurring amnesiac
Adrian (Clayton Watson from "Matrix Revolutions"). The three of them go
on a road trip and meet up with runaway waitress Jo (model Chloe
Maxwell in her first acting role), and two warring groups of gangsters.
The latest film from Evan Clarry (Blurred) is an enjoyable mainstream experience, although it does look like it was made for television. There's little new here, but it's quite watchable and improved by the non-linear narrative. With his brain resetting every half hour, Adrian's the most interesting character, and his coping mechanisms are explored in some depth, though this is not nearly as well done as in Memento. Special mention to the tropical Queensland forest, which was made to look both temperate and menacing by cinematographer Philip M Cross. **½/***** stars.
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Hit the spot, 4 February 2007
Author: Barry Duffield (dreamchaser-1) from New Zealand
Yeah, this film is a blend of Momento and Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, but I'm yet to see a completely original film that hasn't borrowed something from another film. Under the Radar takes these themes and makes them its own. The actors do a top notch job and the director handles this well written piece with pace and style. Evan Clarry and Steve Pratt have managed to weave together the multiple genres seamlessly in a form that keeps us guessing right to the end. The locations across the Gold Coast look stunning and are well utilized and the surfing sequences take you face first into the waves. The stunts are big for a low to mid budget film, but it looks and feels anything but low budget. In my opinion this is one little Aussie gem that has truly slipped; Under the Radar. Steady Eddy - Keep on shaking'. You owned the screen with a great first time performance.
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Unpredictable genre twists and very funny, 15 January 2007
Author: Barry Sumpter from Australia
I watch about 100 to 200 films a year.
Some are just crap. This one was NOT.
I really enjoyed this Aussie Film. I liked each and every character in this film. So many genre twists I couldn't work out what was going to happen next. Which usually turned out surprising and funny. So funny and so entertaining. I watched it three days ago and I'm still smiling and laughing about it.
And yes the ending surprised even me. Brilliant! This was just a fun film for me.
Thanks to all in the Australian film industry who had anything to do with this film.
2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
I'm not saying it's a quality film, but......, 13 January 2007
Author: burnsey71 from Australia
There are countless films with the same plots or they have riped off stuff from other films and they still suck. Yes this film may have taken ideas from other movies like Momento and Tarentino films but at least it is entertaining. It has a good story, interesting characters and is very funny in spots. Steady Eddie comes up with some classic lines. It does have that amateur feeling about it that you get with many Aussie films but it's achieves what I consider the most important thing a movie should do and that is entertain you. I've given it a 6/10 but it probably deserves a 6.5/10. It's worth watching if you don't want to watch something too serious.
Hokey personified, 12 October 2011
Author: kymurphy from Spain
I too watch 100 films a year.
Under the Radar was a great disappointment. It is films such as this that give Australia a very bad name in the film industry.
Fundamentally the script was uninspiring, with predictable characters and stilted dialogue. Who would fund something like this...
I wouldn't use the writer again.
The script let this film down and was carried by the director and the actors. The characters were hollow and seemed to reflect the writer's poor understanding of people.
3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Excellent but unoriginal..., 15 January 2005
Author: jim26bass from Australia
It's a shame when Film Makers have to rip off other movies. Especially
when the idea for their's is good enough, yes it's always going to be
done, but most can pull it off without making it obvious... This film
was great, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but with the Tarentino like
soundtrack, to go with the pulp fiction style development of the plot,
it just pi#%ed me off! If they had just re-scored the tracks it would
have made all the difference. They also had a bit of bad luck with
using the same amnesia problem that Drew Barrymore suffered from in '50
First Dates'. As that was released only months before, but it was just
another factor grating at the unoriginality for the films overall
structure. Other than that it was very entertaining & I do recommend
you check it out. There are many great moments and I'm proud to admit
it's an Australian made film.
Without a doubt a positive step forward for the Australian Film Industry.
2 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Popcorn anyone?, 29 July 2004
Well- let me just start off by saying that this film doesn't know what
it wants to be. Is it a drama, a thriller, a comedy, an action flick!?
And if it is meant to be a melding of all those genres- it didn't pull
it off at all! This film was a rip-off of so many other films just
thrown into one... and then spewed out!
The only thing that saved this film were the performances of most actors, particularly Steady Eddy, Clayton Watson and Nathan Phillips... They all did a good job with the plastic dialogue. The most intriguing character was Clayton Watson as Adrian. The film could have been a straight thriller and it would have been more appealing...
A lot of people have classified this film as "Popcorn" and "Candy"- just a light entertainment piece that audiences will enjoy with their popcorn and coke... Hmmmmmmmmm. Well, let me tell you- no amount of popcorn in the world could change my mind about this film! I can't believe people/companies/funding bodies invested $4.5 million in this film! It's beyond me...!
Bad direction... bad script... bad cinematography... Even on a "comic/popcorn" level this film was uninspiring. Couldn't they see this when reading the script?! No character development! And a predictable/dull plot! I walked out of "Legally Blonde" more inspired! No wonder Australian film is floundering!
But credit MUST be given to most of the actors, who really did do their best with the weak material.
Can we please invest MORE money into interesting and original films like "Lantana" and "Sommersault", and LESS on to these supposed 'new wave' popcorn flicks...!
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