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The Square


Jeff Nelson

The Square is a good movie, but doesn't live up to the hype that was spread about the film. Rent it.

The Square
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How far will people go for love when they wish to run away together? The Square tells this story and how it tears apart the lives of these two individuals. It originates from Australia and was brought to the United States not too long ago on Blu-Ray and DVD. Quite a few moviegoers and critics raved about this thriller being fantastic. Does it live up to the hype?

Escaping a loveless marriage, Raymond Yale becomes involved in an affair with the beautiful and troubled Carla. Ray's morals are tested when Carla presents him with the proceeds of her controlling husband's latest crime. They wish to take the money and run, but it's not that simple. The plot is rather formulaic and has been done many times before. The pacing is a bit slow, but it allows the audience to know the characters. The screenplay is decent and the dialogue doesn't disappoint. Films from Hollywood feel the need to have a happy ending. If you're not fond of tragic and depressing endings, The Square may not please you by the end of the film.

This Australian cast does a fine job of bringing the roles to life. David Roberts, Claire van der Boom, Joel Edgerton, and Anthony Hayes all pull the film together. Each actor pulls their weight and make their characters natural. Whether you end up liking or disliking the film. these actors make you feel for the characters. Once the devastating ending occurs, you won't be able to help but feel sympathy for a couple of the characters.

The cinematography and visuals are used well. There's a constant state of dread from the moment the film begins to when the credits begin rolling. There aren't very many large stunts performed in the film, but the ones that are there are executed well. Nash Edgerton's direction is excellent and well put together. He leads the cast to create good dynamics.

Looking back at some of the reviews I recall reading, I disagree with those raving about this film. It's a good movie, but definitely isn't one of the best films of the year. The pacing is a little bit slow, but the acting and direction are great. The Square is a good movie, but doesn't live up to the hype that was spread about the film. Rent it.

My Rating = Three Stars

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