Down Under




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Reviewed by CineMuseFilms 4 / 10

A comically lame quagmire of vilification and gratuitous violence.

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.

Reviewed by christiank7 1 / 10

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

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!!!

Reviewed by Alfred Smith 3 / 10

Fails on many levels

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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