Proof Review: The Square (2010)

Release Date
April 9, 2010
Director
Nash Edgerton
Screenplay
Joel Edgerton
Matthew Dabner
Distributed By
Village Roadshow Limited
Crime, Drama, Foreign, Indie, Thriller
Rated R for sex, strong language and violence
105 minutes

The Square

A trend is forming in films. Although it is completely plausible that I am the odd man out, thrillers as of late have grown stale and uninspiring. The Square follows in the path of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Red Riding Trilogy in offering little to distinguish them from any previous films in the genre. All of these films could have come out ten years ago and would still appear recycled. Perhaps that is the art of these films, creating antiquity, but none-the-less, they lack the “wow” factor that makes them worth second viewings.

The Square takes the antediluvian tale of two inauspicious lovers in affair. To runaway together, the lovers construct a plan of hiring a hitman that will burn down the woman’s house as a cover for her to steal the money that her husband has hidden from her. Of course, things go wrong, outsiders discover the affair, and all hell breaks loose, leading to more death and lies than originally planned.

None of the performances amount to much. David Roberts is the only real familiar face, but lacks the star power to support such an undertaking. The supporting cast plays their roles conventionally, offering no striking exhibitions.

Do not misinterpret my dislike for these films as not appreciating the work that goes into them. The camerawork is done without seeing the artist’s brush strokes, the acting is present, and the story is told in an understandable manner, but compared to the potential of these films, they hardly serve a purpose. Not everyone can make a cohesive film, so developing a conditioned film is a feat. But there comes a point where films are being made simply for the sake of making films, serving no higher purpose. To me, The Square is such a film.

 

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