dir: David Michod
Wow. I’ve seen some grim movies in my time, and even this week, but this out-grims them all.
Well, maybe not all of them. It’d have to go a long way to out-grim The Road, Stalingrad, or Tinkerbell and The Pirate Fairy, but it’s certainly up there.
The funniest thing for me, if there is indeed anything I can say is funny in a flick so grim, is that the setting is kind of a post-apocalyptic one. And while the behaviour of the people in this scenario is certainly post-apocalyptic behaviour, visually it is indistinguishable from what the more sparse parts of Australia look like all the time.
In other words, my fellow Australians, we’re living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and we didn’t even notice.
The opening title card informs us that what we are about to see / experience / endure is set in a time ten years after “The Collapse”. We never really find out what that was, but what it means is that people are very dirty, Australian currency is ill-favoured compared to American dollars, there are Chinese people everywhere, and civilisation has broken down.
How can we tell? Well, everyone has guns and everyone’s shooting everyone else with pretty much nil repercussions.