The Tender Hook (2008)

The Tender Hook (2008)

Released: 2008
Genre: Crime, Drama, Genre, Mystery
Director: Jonathan Ogilvie
Starring: John Batchelor, Tyler Coppin, Rose Byrne, ,
Run time: 99 min
IMDb: 5.3/10
Country: Australia
Views: 116441


The story is about Iris’ rise to the apex of a love/power triangle that includes her roguish English lover McHeath and Art, an earnest young boxer. Within the flawed moral landscape, each character struggles to establish their sovereignty.
User Reviews: In 1920s’ post war transitional period, a chauvinist gang in Australia institutes a wagering federation for middle-weight boxing championship. Beside with their drug and beer smuggling activities, they also rig walkover horse races. Hugo Weaving plays the chief of the gang and Rose Byrne does his fiancĂ©e.

My reason of seeing this film was because I follow Hugo Weaving’s career since 1999’s Matrix, and Rose Byrne’s career since her appearance in Troy(2004). When the characters are all introduced to us, we found ourselves in the middle of crime chains. Absolutely, there is no mystery here, since we feel like we’re part of the gang. Then the only lonely good guy of the movie came to the spot: Art Walker, a young and promising boxer. He defeats one of the former champions by the arbitration board decision. Resembling Scorsese’s Raging Bull, the boxer is forced to throw the game. To get the title shot, he obeys to the chief. At the end, he has to make a choice between his honor and his goal to become a champion.

There are no outstanding performances from the actors, yet I liked the cinematography and art direction a lot. Originally written for the screen, the techniques used for passing from one scene to the next is so impressive. The editing has been dished out very expediently that holds viewers’ attention continuously, even though the storyline is very simple and unassuming.

This one is originally a good sample of a crime/action genre. Not exactly a family movie for its scenes of drug usage and female nudity, but it’s very entertaining for the purpose of watching with friends.

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