Kurzel's film looks rough at the first sight. But looking closer one can see how carefully structured his shots are, how he arranges interiors or perspectives and how he focuses his actors or defocuses them by showing only parts of their bodies. Using this visual vocabulary to underline the development of the story and the inescapability of the situation shows great craftmanship.
From the start, it relies on shock to proceed, which means that the events that follow, as highly disturbing as the previous ones, don't have the same impact as they could (or should) have had. It a very strong movie ue to its potential but the taste of a certain hollowness is evident.
One of the most difficult films I've ever watched, not by what they show but what they DON"T show. I like the fact that it's told out of sequence in effect, though it doesn't appear to be at first. The acting is superb all around, really hard to find fault with anyone. This definitely gets under the skin and stays there.
Even though at the end it becomes repetitive (it somehow works though because it makes it even more uncomfortable to watch) this is an almost perfect film in my eyes; Kurzel doesn't rely on the gory nature of the story, he simply explores the nature the characters and shows them to us, in the most raw, disturbing and painful manner. Henshall's performance is quite remarkable (and incredibly unsettling).
This one goes for the shock and gets it delivered. Everything in Snowtown is disturbing, filthy, decadent, sad. It shows human minds in raw state - nobody is, it's all a bunch of social disrupments. I really like the editing, it keeps the film non-stop with overflowing emotions. Thumbs up!
Nihilistic to its vary bone.A haunting and disturbing display of a reality where there is no such thing as humanity.A world where things such as morals,ethics,joy or even something as simple as love are skewed,bastardized or absent altogether.It's so good at what it does that i probably will never watch this film again in my life.
"Snowtown" inicia con dureza. Su ambiente sórdido lo sostiene y desde principio predice lo trágico, sobre cómo un drama será consecuente de algo más grande, que está próximo y será una especie de cruz para la principal víctima. Justin Kurzel, sin embargo, no aprovecha en armar una trama. Su filme se estanca a lo que sería una crónica incompleta de un encabezado policial. Sus personajes se dejan arrastrar y nada más.
I don't like how many modern indies use a lazy, directionless "naturalism" instead of a strong defining style. Handheld cameras attempt a kind of "immediacy," and they largely fail, but its worse that they take the place of precise and purposeful direction. In the end, Snowtown sacrifices pointed narrative, emotional or psychological intrigue with a vague and only occasionally-successful ambiance.
I find Australian films painful to watch because they seem to always focus on bleak subjects and hold a typically depressing atmosphere. Although I do believe Kurzels debut is justified in carrying this suffocating mise en scène. To his credit he has done a brilliant job at capturing the sickening scene for one of Australia's worst murderers, for that I think it is a good film. I just personally loathe Aussie cinema.