RELEASE DATE: 07/03/2013
RUN TIME: 1HR 42MIN
|CAST:||JACK THOMPSON - COACH CHANG|
|ANGUS SAMPSON - FRANKY|
|OLIVER ACKLAND - TOM|
|ANNA HUTCHISON - ROSE|
|JOSH HELMAN - MORTS|
While a current subject matter, ‘Blinder’ losses more than half its audience with all its football “stuff” and extreme bias towards the players, turning them into unrepentant victims and placing the blame on the women, or in this case, girl, involved.
The structure of the film is told mostly through flashbacks in the lead up to the night in question, and even going back as far as the year before that to establish characters and relationships that are never really used again. The script’s laboured writing feels as though it was based directly on a "How To" manual, ticking every single cringeworthy cliché in the book along the way. There's a music montage centred around training, and that old classic, stumbling across an old photo at just the right time, staring at it pensively before a transition to a flashback. The story’s melodrama has absolutely no guts and even the film’s ultimate resolution leaves you wanting to burn the cinema down as it's a compete copout, lacking any tension or any true resolve as it brings up more questions than answers.
‘Blinder’ has no redeeming features, and its only credit goes to the fact that it managed to get made in the first place.