100 Bloody Acres (NR)

Comedy June 28, 2013
By Rob Staeger
"We're not psychos, all right?" says Reg as he gags a woman with duct tape. "We're small business operators." That line suggests a satirical intent behind the Australian comedy-thriller 100 Bloody Acres. Reg and his hulk of a boss proceed to talk business while they prep a car accident victim for an industrial grinder, all to get a better pH balance for their roadkill-based fertilizer operation. Damon Herriman, best known stateside as the hapless crook Dewey Crowe on Justified, doesn't stray far from type here; as Reg, he makes many dimwitted decisions, most notably picking up a trio of hitchhikers while he's got a fresh corpse in the back of his truck. His boss is his elder brother, Lindsay, whom Angus Sampson plays with relaxed menace; it’s clear he’s terrorized squirrely Reg all his life. That small-business satire is just topsoil, though, as most of the movie is preoccupied with the play-by-play of dumb crooks vs. victims who are their own worst chance at survival. (One, Jamie Kristian, is out of his mind on acid; the other two, Anna McGahan and Oliver Ackland, get preoccupied by their own romantic difficulties.) Playing like a Down-Under Elmore Leonard novel, 100 Bloody Acres features lucky breaks and quick reverses; a persistent soundtrack of Aussie oldies help keep the mood cheery, despite a literal vatful of blood.
Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes Damon Herriman, Angus Sampson, Anna McGahan, Oliver Ackland, Jamie Kristian, John Jarratt, Chrissie Page, Paul Blackwell, Ward Everaardt Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes Kate Croser, Julie Ryan Doppelganger Releasing

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