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The Combination (2009)

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Set in the multi-racial suburbs of Sydney, Lebanese-Australian John is released from goal to find his younger brother Charlie caught in the very same world of crime that put him behind bars.

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John Morkos
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Charlie
Doris Younane ...
Mary
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John Brumpton ...
Mr. Roberts
Rashad Dehan ...
Tom
Michael Denkha ...
Ibo
Adam Grossetti ...
Neighbour
Ali Haider ...
Zeus
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Police Officer
Melissa Kleores ...
Police Officer
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Issa
Guang Li ...
Nipper
Tyrone Lindqvist ...
Lesley
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Clubbing Girl
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Set in the maligned western suburbs of Sydney, Lebanese-Australian John gets out of gaol to discover his younger brother Charlie is caught up with drugs, hookers and crime. Charlie oscillates between the streets and school. Daily clashes between Scott and Charlie's gang escalate. This feud spills into the streets in a territory and identity battle that turns bloody. The Combination dares to shed light on the racial tension that has often boiled over into incidents like the Cronulla riots. Suburban stereotypes are challenged when John falls for an Australian girl named Sydney. She presents an opportunity for a new start - yet with each step closer to her he is made painfully aware of the choice he will have to make - family or love. Written by The Filmmakers

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26 February 2009 (Australia)  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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According to the Australian DVD sleeve notes, this movie "caused such a stir it was removed from some cinemas." See more »

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John drives to Ibo's house to deal with him, and ends up WALKING back home without his car for no apparent reason. See more »

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Poor Man's American History X
1 October 2012 | by (Rand McNally) – See all my reviews

It's basically a re-used plot, featuring more detestable characters lacking any serious depth or development. They perpetrate some very negative stereotypes of cultures in Australia, and glorify violence and bad hairstyles. If Harry tells you otherwise, don't believe him. He is not a level-headed movie critic, and frankly represents the negative attributes displayed by the main protagonist.

The dichotomy of cultures portrayed in the movie is a farcical hyperbole of abuse and violence under the false veil of honour and 'street justice', when in reality it is all about greed and insecurity. The only redeeming element in the film is the accurate portrayal of the fashion sense adopted by the criminal counter-cultures, namely the terrible haircuts and sportswear.


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