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The Square (2008)

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A man's life begins to unravel when his mistress brings him a bag of cash.


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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31 July 2008 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

En lieu sûr  »

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$17,092 (USA) (9 April 2010)


$47,174 (USA) (8 November 2013)

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Script's fine for the genre but the director fails to juice it
3 May 2010 | by (Santa Monica, CA) – See all my reviews

What would be a fun find on cable one night isn't worth a trip to the theater. An expertly plotted story (with a particularly clever blackmail subplot) suffers from uninspired casting in the male lead. This actor embodies the film's fatal flaw: an almost total lack of humor.

Film noir is necessarily a downer genre but think how funny Body Heat and Chinatown are with their clever protagonists (and Chandler always has you laughing). The Square, however, features morose David Roberts who should be dancing with joy from his affair with the much younger, cuter, livelier Claire van der Bloom. But he's conflicted from the get-go and the director never lets us see what drew these two together in the first place. There's little chemistry between them and a few scenes between two dogs hold more joy than anything between the impassionate human lovers. The most interesting male actor is co-writer Joel Edgerton and the story might have had more sizzle if he'd been the lead.

But the plot does indeed generate some real tension and the film is watchable. Bodies pile up unexpectedly, there's a mystery inside a mystery with the strong subplot and the ending holds real surprises. The script works but the director, through his casting and tone choices, lets it and us down.

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