Sunday, 20 October 2013

The Paperboy: Blu Ray Review

The Paperboy: Blu Ray Review

Rating: R16
Released by Roadshow Home Entertainment

Director Lee "Precious" Daniels turns his eye to this sexually and racially charged film noir set in 1960s South Florida.

Investigative reporter Ward (Matthew McConaughey reprising his southern lawyer schtick with ease) along with his partner and brother Jack (Zac Efron) are looking into the case of Hillary van Wetter (an uncomfortable John Cusack), who's been accused of murder. Along with van Wetter's death row groupie (Nicole Kidman in a stand out role), the whole situation stirs up a potent mix within the swamps.

The Paperboy is a difficult film to connect with and to really get sucked into.

It starts off with a voiceover from Macy Gray's maid Anita which doesn't help you connect with the characters in the slightest; Throw in some sordid moments which will challenge both the actors and audience alike and it's easy to see why it flopped at the box office - even the shots of Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron (perfectly innocently, I may add) and some of the other sexual material give the piece an uneasy and tonally disconnecting feel.

All in all, The Paperboy needs to be seen for Nicole Kidman's performance - she channels something she had a while back in To Die For and it's electrifying to watch.

Extras: None


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