Running Time: 98 mins
Rated: MA 15+
Dirty Deeds is set in the late 1960's when Barry Ryan (Brown), an underworld figure in Sydney, is being threatened in his monopoly of gaming
revenue from poker machines by an American crime gang. Tony (Goodman) and Sal (Felix Williamson) are sent from Chicago to sort Barry out. But Barry
and his savvy wife Sharon (Collette) didn't come down in the last shower,
so with Detective Ray (Neill) on the payroll and Barry's nephew Darcy
(Worthington) keen to get some action, they set out to give their visitors a bit of payback in the outback.
Writer/director David Caesar likes details. His evocation of the late 60s
in Dirty Deeds is masterful. Since the success of his film Mullet last year, Caesar has obtained more funding this time around and it shows. The cars, fashions, music, food and art are wonderfully deployed.
Dirty Deeds, however, is aptly named. It's meant to be a romp, except it's
not all that funny. The film lurches from one violent scene to the next, a mixture of Pulp Fiction meets Two Hands. The language is violent, the characters are almost universally unlikeable and some scenes are absolutely gross. Like the one where a night cart is collected during a car chase, or when the camera goes inside the dead pig.
You get the idea. Go if you must.
Richard Leonard SJ