The story of the reformed sinner is as old as the Prodigal Son. It's just a flat-out solid story, and one that has been worked in so many different directions. The Australian film Breakery works with it in a fresh, and joyful way, making it one of the more entertaining films you'll see around.
Roy Sjnow is Karl Plunkett, Jr., and he's just been released from prison. Instead of your usual trip to a strip club to tie one on, he has come up with a new concept: reparations in the form of returning items worth an equal amount to what he had stolen previously. Of course, he can't just contact the people he robbed, so he has to go through a bit of his old ways to make it happen with the help of his brother, Brian Plunkett, Jr.
What makes this work so well is the joy and usefullness of The Pause. There are quiet moments that allow the sly, wry dialogue to land fully, giving us the full impression of the comedy. When the brothers are first in the car, they are having the kind of near-absurdist conversation you expect to be having after one of ya's gotten out of lock-up. Snow plays Karl with impressive joy, as well as a certain guile that at once seems misplaced among his deeper desire to do good after his release. It's a tricky role the way Snow plays it.
Director Brian Woollen and writer Scott Granville have crafted an excellent scenario for talent to play inside, and the results show across every frame. A solid picture!
Klaus at Gunpoint
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