Mark 'Chopper' Read (Eric Bana) was an Aussie criminal alleged to have committed nineteen horrific murders and got away with it. Using flashback imagery, we look at one of Australia's cult heroes as he serves one of many prison sentences, and then goes on a killing spree which gained him such a huge following.
A great Australian movie, Chopper is loosely based on the autobiography of career crim Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read, whose attention-seeking mix of psychotic violence and matey ingratiation made him an outcast even in the underworld and finally--with bizarre logic--turned him into a bestselling celebrity without any need for repentance and regeneration. Andrew Dominik, a music video maven making his directorial debut, wrestles the unpromising material into shape, using a striking palette of blues inside prison and sickly neons outside, wisely building the film around a terrific lead performance from stand-up comedian Eric Bana as the crook who had his own ears hacked away so he could get off a prison wing where he was marked for death and whose forceful personality means that he can always rekindle a relationship even with those to whom he has done dreadful violence in the past and whom he certainly intends to shoot, batter, rob and betray in the future--with the mildly redeeming caveat that he sometimes drives his victims to the hospital after injuring them. The movie has a lot of smart incidental detail, like the paranoid dealer who doses his dogs' water with speed, the ridiculous mix-up of an assassination set up in the wrong car park of a nightclub that has two, and Chopper's repeated mood swings in the middle of lengthy dialogue scenes that begin with conciliation and apology and pay off with doubts and eruptions of violence that leave the perpetrator genuinely regretful of what has happened. --Kim NewmanSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
This is not a pleasant movie in any sense of the word. But it is highly amusing and entertaining for those not easily offended by violence or by the controvery that might surround the "glorification" on film of a convicted criminal. Well worth seeing.
The performance of Chopper is played brillantly by stand up comic Eric Bana (hand picked to play the part by chopper himself!) who portrays Chopper as a ruthless yet loyal and sometimes caring criminal. The violence in the film (eat your heart out reservoir dogs) may put off some people, but they will be missing one of the best pieces of drama to come out of Oz in ages.
The DVD itself on the whole doesn't have too much to offer in quantity but its quality more than makes up for it. we are treated to some halarious interviews with the real chopper read which are worth their weight in gold.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Let's clear up on fallacy shall we... Chopper Read never served any time in prison for murder! He was never convicted of murder but was convicted of many other things, including... Read morePublished 10 days ago by EarthSpace1
Chopper: Why would I shoot a bloke BANG, then drive him to the bloody car and whizz him off to the hospital at a hundred miles an hour? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer