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This review is from: Snowtown [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The film is gritty and dark portraying the dark and decrepit actions committed in this film (and the real-life murders).
Much has been talked about the violence and how some people find it impossible to watch due to the realistic portrayal of the murders and torturing. I must disagree and say that the film is completely watchable, save a couple of awkward scenes that last no more than a minute or so each.
The film does a good job of showing the slow descent into the murderous gang of Jamie but I found the film to be just that: slow. On numerous occasions the characters are staring off camera, sometimes for no comprehensible reason. I expect if you rounded up all of these scenes together you'd have about 10 minutes worth of silent, motionless film.
Another issue I had with the film was keeping up with who was who. I and the person I was watching the Blu-ray with didn't know who half the victims were when they were mentioned in the film (partly, because only a couple of the murders are actually shown in the film). I wonder if this film was written with Australians in mind because they would probably be more familiar with the names associated with the murders.
I bought the Blu-ray, at £9.99 it's nice and cheap but I wonder if some of that is represented by the picture quality which is below average for the picture quality of Blu-rays that are being released/have been released in the recent past. I would go so far as to say that the Blu-ray remastering of the 1976 film Taxi Driver is of a better picture quality than this film.