Excuse my ignorance, but at first glance, I thought that handsome lad on the cover picture was James McAvoy – so once again I was not ready for what came next; raw Aussie violence. Do you hate those movies that just dragggg on forever and let loose the action right at the very end? Romper Stomper is not one of those. It set the scene within the first minute.
That handsome lad I mentioned is our Russell Crowe – Hando – he loves partying, fighting and Hitler. He and his fellow neo-nazi skinheads decide to take matters into their own hands when their neighbourhood starts becoming… less white. His acting is convincing and quite remarkable. As far as I can tell, this movie formed the basis of his future career.
As for the movie itself – highly controversial. As far as I can tell, there are people who say it is inaccurate, and others who say it is accurate. The main issue, however, is simply the fact that it’s brutally violent and racist, yet the tone is – sympathetic? None the less, I felt it was honest, confronting and super entertaining. I was really captivated by the story and enjoyed the romance and comedy that came along with it. I did cringe and feel my stomach turn at the appropriate points, don’t get me wrong – it was cruel! But these are the things a movie SHOULD bring out in a person.
Cheers to directors who enjoy getting people out of their comfort zones. Enjoy!
P.S – probably not one for the kids…