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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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