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I think Australian movies are brilliant and Merger is a beautiful case in point! Of course you can tell the ending after the first mouthfuls of popcorn, and of course, the same commentators will delight in telling all possible viewers that the film is simplistic and quickly drawn. However, there are dummies like me who are not put off by simplicity and who actually enjoy these movies because the strength of the movie lies in how deft the script is: how deftly the pieces full knowing what they are and where they fit together.
It is so easy to take it out on a film that in no way requires the audience to look ahead and to be clouded in unknowing until the final minutes of the film. Instead, we are softly floated along knowing what will be happening, and our only mental questions involve how the script and the actors will carry it off. And in the case of the Merger, all concerned with the production carry it off brilliantly.
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