Chopper (2000) / Comedy-Drama
MPAA Rated: R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some drug use and nudity
Running Time: 94 min.
Cast: Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, Vince Colosimo, David Field, Daniel Wyllie
Director: Andrew Dominik
Screenplay: Andrew Dominik
Review published August 20, 2000
Sort of based on the real life writings of Mark "Chopper" Read, an Aussie with a penchant for violence who finds himself back in prison almost as soon as he is released, whether deserved or not. Through his outlandish behavior and violent incidents, Chopper finds his way to become one of Australia's most famous criminals.
Eric Bana delivers a terrific performance as Chopper, and much of the film's success comes from the heavy doses of very black humor from first-time writer-director Dominik. Definitely not to every taste, as the film's unflinching violence and offbeat style will turn off many a viewer. For those who can stomach it, an at times witty satire can be found during the running length of CHOPPER, and while the film's plotting is convoluted, Bana and Dominik deliver some worthwhile entertainment.
©2000 Vince Leo