Post by jno on Sept 11, 2015 7:46:55 GMT
Gettin' Square (2003)
I recently picked this DVD up for a €1- noticing Timothy Spall and Joe Bugner in it I thought I had to give it a go.
All set down under, this film starts off quite well with a bunch of armed robbers raiding an office. We then flashback to 3 months earlier - the story now centres around Barry Wirth (played by Sam Worthington), whose application to be released from prison is approved. Barry's been jailed for 8 years for 'killing a bloke' he says he didn't do. After hearing about the death of his mother, the prison authority grants his release so that Barry can provide emotional support for his younger brother Joey. Joey has been working for a local gangster called Chicka Martin.
Timothy Spall plays Darren 'Dabba' Barrington, a wealthy former Brit crook now living down under, under the guise of a businessman attempting to go straight with his ill-gotten gains. Dabba's finances are under scrutiny.
When Dabba is asked by financial officials why he has money buried in his garden, his answer is "I don't like banks, people keep robbin 'em." After Dabba's dodgy accountant Warren Halliwell goes down on a corruption charge, Dabba and his fellow criminal fraternity (one of whom is Chicka Martin) find themselves with their illegal money at risk and all with the possibility of going down.
One of Barry Wirth's former cellmates is drug addict called Johnny Francis 'Spit' Spitieri. Released at the same time as Barry, the financial authorities try their best to put Dabba behind bars and use Spit in a key role - after his release Spit provides the link between buyers and sellers in drug deals that can implicate Dabba.
There is a very nasty corrupt Australian copper in this called DeViers - the more the film goes on, the more you start to wish something very nasty will happen to him.
I have no idea if the author of this film was inspired by Minder, but one of the criminals that Dabba knows offers him the chance of "an earner". Gangster Chicka Martin also mentions that he's "been parking his hard-earned 'Cyril Ash' with the same accountant" as Dabba. There is a great scene in this where a drug addict is in court and simply can't continue until he is assured his bus fare and luncheon expenses are paid - forcing both prosecution and defence to dip their own hands in their pockets to provide emergency expenses.
Although classed as a crime comedy, with an hour down the number of laughs is still on zero, but it is very moreish and you know something is going to kick off at some point. Former boxer Joe Bugner puts in an appearance as a minder who gives someone a bit of pasting in this one too.
Overall, this was a pretty light hearted gangster type film - not many laughs from me and limited action, perhaps a little bit too padded out but not a bad effort, with a "Hustle" type vibe going on throughout it! I found myself sympathising with villains and starting to distinguish between "good criminals" and "bad criminals". The inclusion of Timothy Spall makes this pretty enjoyable stuff and he puts in a top performance as always. Was it worth the €1 I paid? Absolutely!