on 1 December 2005
And considering the mainly diabolical state of aust film for last few years (Wolf Creek the only real break out hit in ten years) Blue Murder is better than most aussie films as well-it's also a sensationally intense cops and robbers film in it's own right. And amazingly it's mostly true! The acting is simply top drawer with Richard Roxburgh and Tony Martin never better as they vividly bring to life two of Sydney most famous underworld figures of the 80's. Roxburgh is uncanny as Sydneys most decorated cop Roger Rogerson, who seems as ruthless and cold blooded as the crims he pursues, soon becoming NSW most corrupt cop as he strikes up a deal with Heroin dealer Neddy Smith (Martin) to let him run riot (as long as he doesn't kill another cop) so Rogerson and his cronies can get a large cut of the spoils. It's electrifying stuff with many jarring passages of viloence and suprising gallows humour. Martin is all animal menace as crim Neddy Smith-showing a strange kinship with Rogerson, the main difference between the two is that the brutish Neddy seems to lose control of his violent temper that cost him dearly. The entire cast ins amazing-especially look for Gary Sweet and barking mad hitman Christopher "rent-a-kill" Flannery, stealing scenes, no mean feat when you see how brilliant Roxburgh and Martin are. Highly recommended.
Absolutely dead certain this is the best Aussie TV ever! Brilliantly acted, perfectly scripted, genuinely scary yet with touches of macabre humour, it is a perfect portrayal not only of the crooked cops and dangerous criminals and the gallant officers who struggle against them, it also perfectly captures the laid-back, sardonic and dangerous 70's atmosphere of the whole milieu. An amazing and fantastic experience, highly recommended. You'll want to watch it all in one gulp--it gets its hooks into you straight away!
I can only assume that this has only got two reviews (both 5 star, mind you) because of the cost ( which I presume is so high because it is a region 2 compatible version of the Australian drama).
This is cracking crime drama (originally a TV mini-series from the early 1990s in Australia), based around the book "Neddy" by notorious criminal Arthur "Neddy" Smith (played by Tony Martin) and his involvement with corrupt Sydney police officer, Detective Sergeant Roger "the dodger" Rogerson (Richard Roxburgh) in Australia in the 1970s and 1980s.
In return for doing what he was told to do by Rogerson, Smith was effectively given police immunity to carry out his criminal activities, all protected by Rogerson and his corrupt colleagues. It only started to unravel when Rogerson ordered the murder of fellow police officer Michael Drury, who refused a bribe by Rogerson to look the other way.
It is divided into a series of chapters, each narrated by one of the three main characters. (Smith, Rogerson and Drury), but it is really the characters and relationship of Rogerson and Smith that binds it together.
Roxburgh plays Rogerson, (in real life a highly decorated NSW officer), as stone cold, amoral and totally ruthless. More ruthless than the criminals with whom he associates.
Martin plays Smith (a real-life convicted murderer, rapist, thief and armed robber), as a violent, unpredictable, but slightly more sympathetic, criminal. Slightly. It would be impossible to play either as truly sympathetic and this makes the drama even more compelling. These characters have no redeeming features. There is no glamorous portrayal about the life style, nor the violence (quite the opposite).
It is a really gripping, gritty, tale of low-life criminality and systemic police corruption, very well acted. Definitely worth watching. Recommended.
Smith was imprisoned in 1989 and remains in prison to this day. After being dismissed from the police force in 1986, Rogerson was convicted and jailed for perverting the course of justice in 1990. In 1995 he was convicted and jailed for lying to the police integrity commission. In 2014, Rogerson was charged with murder.