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  • Summary: Macbeth, a loyal henchman to his crime boss, Duncan, is told by teenage witches that he will one day assume great power. Driven by their prophecy, he plots with his wife to kill Duncan, and takes the leadership of the gang for himself. Maintaining his power will require more murders and violence, finally driving his surviving enemies to unite and destroy him. (Truly Indie) Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. The words belong to Mr. Shakespeare. All else in this Macbeth is the pleasurably fevered invention of brash Australian director Geoffrey Wright.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    80
    For four centuries William Shakespeare’s plays have been reinvented to fit contemporary sensibilities. But few recent efforts can match the Australian writer and director Geoffrey Wright’s brutal and thrilling new version.
  3. Reviewed by: Megan Lehmann
    70
    This is Shakespeare as action film --- furiously paced and unapologetically cinematic.
  4. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    60
    Poetic but bleekly pessimistic version of the Danish tragedy.
  5. Visually, the film is a stunner, dotted with psychedelic colors and many shades of red -- one battle is fought with red laser-gun sights -- some looking realistically like blood. When gangsters open fire, their falls are choreographed like a ballet. The problem comes when the cast opens its mouth and Elizabethan dialogue tumbles out.
  6. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    50
    Best just to say Macbeth is coming down hard and leave it at that.
  7. 25
    Say hello to my leetle dagger! Shakespeare meets "Scarface" in an Aussie adaptation of "Macbeth" gone gangsta.

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  1. Aug 28, 2014
    5
    Sure, I'm ESL (English second language), but I understand the language fairly enough... It is such a pity I couldn't watch this movie with subtitles, because 85% of the time I had NO idea whatsoever what was being said. It was very hard to follow, and I don't know if it was the words they used or possibly an accent that made it even harder.

    It was interesting how clear the plot itself seemed to be while understanding every fifth sentence or so; I think all the lines were straight from Shakespeare's play, because they sure sounded like it, and I think that was rather cleverly executed. I think it was also rather clever how they used music and certain ways of portraying the scene without speaking when they couldn't deliver lines.

    If only I had understood what was being said the rest of the time...

    Two stars come from Sam Worthington being so incredibly pretty to look at. Also, I think the movie wasn't so bad (again, if only...), so I'm trying to judge it fairly despite my lack of understanding.

    The plot turned a bit weird at places - delusional hallucinations, or something, driven by guilt or need for knowledge of one's destiny.
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