A sharp neo-noir crime thriller is an impressive feature debut for director Nash Edgerton. Great with performances with a smartly-assembled script packed with solid twists and moral ambiguity, all told with a confidently subtly style. Fans of the genre should really seek this one out.
"In addition to its lived-in performances, sharp dialogue and elegant direction," notes the Washington Post's Dan Kois, "is the way it teases the audience. The screenplay carefully constructs a house of cards around its central couple, an increasingly desperate pair who just aren't cut out for the criminal life. The removal of but one card will cause [their] entire plan to collapse, but ... which card it will be?"
Every choice seems fairly reasonable (if not necessarily honorable) at the time but things spin slowly farther and farther out of control. Justly compared to the Cohen Brothers' thrillers. I'll be on the lookout for the Edgerton brothers' next film. The short film "Spider" which precedes "The Square" is a pretty near perfect short; a little morality fable about the unintended consequences of a practical joke.