Synopsis – Three male detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in a coma. One is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it. How far will these men go to both disguise and unravel the truth?
My Take – This Australian film uses a bunch of good actors (well at least Tom Wilkinson is) & makes a confused boring cop thriller. The story suffers from the writing itself, its filled with random sequences of police work going on around the event with no relevance to the storyline.
What is the relevance of the raid on the factory ? What happened to the normal everyday police work going on to keep the pressure and tension going ? & don’t get me started on the whole plot where Joel Edgerton’s character doesn’t give an accurate depiction of a particular incident. Like why would no one even check that? There is never enough reasoning given as to why the real offender either should or should not have given themselves up. The only positive glow we see in the movie are the performances of Tom Wilkinson, whose old-school senior detective is charismatic, convincing, and always endearing despite his questionable ethics.
Melissa George, her empathetic and emotional mother shines in her primary motivation to protect her family & Joel Edgerton (who also written the film), his confused arrogant cop act is compelling to see as his failing efforts to do what he knows is right, while Jai Courtney hams!! Felony has an intriguing plot but lengthy stillness of the close ups & confused writing which makes this cop thriller just plain right boring!
Directed – Matthew Saville
Rated – R
Runtime – 105 minutes