Chopper

Chopper

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Eric Bana, in arguably his best performance, is Mark 'Chopper' Read - a violent, complex, cult-criminal, as Australian as a jolly swagman and self-proclaimed "national icon". This is based on the autobiography Read wrote whilst in prison serving a murder-sentence. More

This black-comedy is the first film from New Zealand-born director Andrew Dominik, who later chronicled America's most famous outlaw in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

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200094 minsAustralia
ComedyCrimeDrama
Director:
Andrew Dominik ('The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford')
Writer:
Andrew Dominik
Cast:
Eric BanaSimon LyndonDavid FieldDaniel Wyllie

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Chopper | Reviews

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

(Bana) has a quality no acting school can teach and few actors can match: You cannot look away from him.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The movie's lighthearted, nonjudgmental view of (Mark Read) smacks of nihilism.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A curious, iconoclastic creature; a rum little portrait that balances absurdist humour with sudden, shocking moments of violence.

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ABC

ABC

Chopper is more than a vehicle for Bana's extraordinary performance; it's an immaculately crafted masterpiece of Australian cinema...

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TV Guide

TV Guide

Though handsomely photographed and designed, the film doesn't really say much about Chopper or the cult of criminal celebrity.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A final reel padded with extraneous exposition manages to somewhat dull an otherwise polished package.

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The Conversation

The Conversation

An audacious combination of hard-hitting crime and oddball charm...

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

A movie too senseless and contrived to succeed as sociopathic comic opera, let alone as coherent character study.

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The film is really much ado about very little because it takes no stand and gives little insight into Chopper's psyche...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Although Dominick remains unresolved about his character, his wry take on the deification of criminals in a tabloid world is spot-on.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Dominik has a firmer grasp of place than narrative, just as he has a better grip on incident than character.

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The Age

The Age

(Bana's) enigmatic performance is crucial to the film’s approach to character.

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Chopper | Release Details

Chopper is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and Apple TV and Academy On Demand and AroVision.