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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Black comedy, all is not what it seems..

Author: davidhinecpa from Brisbane, Australia
28 December 2016

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Black comedy (in my mind) is an art form where you know you shouldn't laugh because the subject is taboo but you can't help yourself . And so is "Down Under".

Taken in a literal sense this movie doesn't work; but let's face it, if you want to watch a doco on the Cronulla riots go watch a doco. No, this is far deeper than that and frankly I thought it one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time.

The two main groups in the movie are such exaggerated clichés they are a parody of themselves, the stoners are too stoned to do anything; the "Lebs" are too busy arguing with each other to get anything done. They are all so hopeless its funny. None of them could organize a beer in a brewery. None.

I felt sympathy for Evan the downs syndrome lad; but he delivers some of the best comedic moments of the movie. In fact Evan was about the only likable person in the movie; he deserved to be looked after better than he was.

One of the highlights was David Field playing full-on rice queen Vic; selling a gun to one of the "Leb" gang.. with x-rated gay porn on the tele while discussed the deal with the gang members... champagne comedy and a role I'd never picture David in..

If you are part of the PC fun police, or are really immature or have a low IQ please don't bother with Down Under; you won't get it (or worse still, you will take it seriously... believe me it is not serious; it is a massive p*ss-take on the parties to the Cronulla riots.. in case you haven't figured that out by now..).

If you enjoy a good black comedy/satire; you'll struggle to do better in the genre. This is no mainstream film, but its a 10/10 for me.

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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

So awful I do not even know whether to bother doing this crit

Author: christiank7 from Austria
27 November 2016

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Firstly I would like to draw everybody's attention to the real news clips which are available on the internet. Please look at the people doing the rioting. They are definitely not represented in the movie. So the entire film has already gone from being a sort of quality approach to being pure fiction and not very good fiction at that. Secondly the style of the "LEBS" in the film was downright insulting and absolutely pathetic. I know Lebanese people and they are a great bunch even if some of their young offspring can get a bit wild and stupid now and then. Thirdly, to call this atrocious film a comedy is the only laugh associated with it. Funny it is NOT unless you belong to an IQ class below 70 and even then it would be hard to laugh. What is wrong with Australian film makers? I mean, the past 3 decades have seen an absolute decline in content and quality. If you Australians think that this sort of garbage goes down well internationally you are terribly mistaken. About time that the Australian Film Corporation is sacked in its entirety and start from fresh. The nature of the industry is so low that I am wondering whether it will ever get better again? It is disturbing because this reflects on the nature of how Australians are seen and believe me that the picture is not good. Great land but a pity about the people. That sums it up! For the sake of whatever you hold dear get a grip downunder!!!

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26 out of 50 people found the following review useful:

A comically lame quagmire of vilification and gratuitous violence.

Author: CineMuseFilms from Sydney
14 August 2016

To call Down Under (2016) a black comedy signals an intention to make light of something serious or controversial. But movie labels are all too often disguised marketing spin rather than accurate genre descriptions. Far from comedy, this film is a dystopian parody of an episode of Australian history that needs balanced understanding and nuance rather than exaggerated ridicule. It could have applied humour to lighten the portraits of racial bigotry but instead it creates a quagmire of gratuitous violence and comically lame racial, sexual and impairment vilification.

The opening scenes is the only time Down Under speaks with honesty and authenticity. Using archival footage of the 2005 Cronulla race riots overlaid with Christmas jingles, the stage is set for a clash of cultures that was seen around the world. The riots resulted from years of escalating tension between white locals who claimed 'ownership' of beautiful Cronulla beach and Lebanese groups from neighbouring suburbs wanting to share beach access. From this factual base, the film weaves a fictionalised account of two gangs of young men on opposing sides of the racial divide. With testosterone-fuelled honour at stake, the gangs escalate their violent rantings towards each other and cruise the streets hunting for supremacy. Along the way, they vilify everything and everyone so indiscriminately that are caricatures of aimless anger that bear no resemblance to real people. They are portrayed mostly as working class morons and hotheads whose constant screaming, swearing and physical abuse forms an endless spray of vitriol that makes this film an overcooked mess.

Down Under is a film that appears to have lost sight of its own purpose. If it was made to create humour out of violence then one-line clichés do little more than demonise stereotypes. If it was to offer insight into the cause of the riots then its fictional exaggerations undermine its credibility. If it was to portray the racist undercurrent of Australian culture then the absence of Indigenous people leaves it staring only at its own stereotypes. A wide chasm exists between the film's inspiration and execution, and whatever messages were intended are obscured by pushing creative limits into the realm of the absurd. The film leads towards an incoherent and implausible finale that fuses slapstick and violence without redemptive merit. It is disappointing to see such a lost opportunity to inform or entertain. The film's closing credits were a welcome sight.

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best black comedy I've seen in a while!

Author: mkparker-53380 from United States
18 January 2017

To see this film rated at 6.1 is complete crap, it definitely does not deserve anything less than an 8. After reading a couple bad reviews, it looks like some of you idiots went expecting something closer to real events, but if you just look at it just as what it is, a hilarious black comedy, its amazing! I laughed my ass off the entire film, the acting was perfect, the story really was interesting for a comedy, and every second of the film was incredibly entertaining! I really thought it was damn near perfect for a black comedy, some of you people need to realize that this is not documentation, nor a true story, its a comedy, a really funny one!

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

As per usual misses the point entirely.

Author: Cryptic Anomaly from Australia
14 January 2017

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The Cronulla riots occurred after the Skaaf gang went on a rape spree targeting Australian girls often calling them "Aussie pigs" despite this the Left still refuse to see it as hate crimes.

Lebanese gangs were also attacking Australians particularly Life Savers.

The Politically Correct authorities failed to act and tensions boiled over thus the riots.

But of course, it is all whitey's fault and we must be more tolerant or something.

This film is a joke, but not in the way that the makers intended.

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18 out of 37 people found the following review useful:

Top notch comedy with a great story and message to share

Author: bazza_mckenzie02 from Australia
4 August 2016

An outstanding film with top notch comedic performances from the cast as well as great dramatic performances. Abe Forsythe is a special talent and with his great writing and directing with this film has managed to do something incredible and make a film centered around the cronulla riots and 2 groups so different yet so alike and is a film that is gives of a powerful message that. Underplays throughout the film and really brings the message with the powerful conclusion . Abe makes a top notch film that is both funny and dramatic and captured the audience and takes them on a great ride and Balances them perfectly taking the audience on a great journey,an absolute ripper of a film Australians should get out and see this great film it's well worth it

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5 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Fails on many levels

Author: Alfred Smith from Australia
30 December 2016

Set during the aftermath of the Cronulla riots in Australia, it is the story of how two carloads of adversaries seeking revenge accidentally meet. It is described as black comedy but technically that is incorrect because, by definition, a comedy has to be funny and the laughs in the movie are not only sparse but not very funny. The fact that the story is slow and quite boring doesn't help. The film has received some critical praise in Australia, but I'm of the opinion that it's only because Australian cinema is currently in a severe lull.

Perhaps it's aimed at a young audience, who may even enjoy it. I'm in my fifties and found it dull. Seriously consider waiting until a TV release and be disappointed then. At least you can change channels.

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