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  • Summary: A bold, blackly comic character study about a self-proclaimed "national icon" Mark 'Chopper' Read. A multi-sided examination of the pathology of a complex and violent man, a man who becomes a cult figure thanks to a colourful imagination and a wicked, old-world sense of humour. (First Look Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
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  1. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    90
    The director has managed the difficult feat of making a nonlinear film that contains a handful of almost unbearably suspenseful sequences, each one undercut by bizarre black humor.
  2. Mr. Bana's Chopper is so scarily convincing that he makes you feel the eruptive force of each mood swing and the way his character's paranoia, egomania and conscience- stricken apologies are part of a volatile emotional cycle.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    75
    Bloody, profane and compelling, Chopper marks an impressive debut for Dominik and a revelation of Bana's talent.
  4. 75
    Eric Bana's performance suggests he will soon be leaving the comedy clubs of Australia and turning up as a Bond villain or a madman in a special-effects picture. He has a quality no acting school can teach and few actors can match: You cannot look away from him.
  5. 63
    A point is being made about how a criminal creates his own myth, but the ways Read twists and embellishes the truth become progressively less interesting.
  6. 60
    This fictionalized, frequently stomach-churning biography of Australian criminal Mark Chopper Read features the most bloody ear-severing scene since "Reservoir Dogs."

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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Aug 24, 2010
    8
    Eric Bana as an Australian schizophrenic psychopath, writes a book whilst inside, flashbacks, gains national notoriety.
    Good dialogue,
    intense, amusing & good fun throughout.
    I couldn't believe this was Eric Bana at times!! Really convincing performance by the big fella.
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