#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Sixteen-year-old Jamie lives with his mother, Elizabeth, and two younger brothers, Alex and Nicholas, in a housing trust home in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. Their home is but one of many sun-starved houses crammed together to cater for a disenfranchised society. Jamie longs for an escape from the violence and hopelessness that surrounds him and his salvation arrives in the form of John, a charismatic man who unexpectedly comes to his aid. As John spends more and more time with Jamie’s family, Elizabeth and her boys begin to experience a stability and sense of family that they have never known. John moves from the role of Jamie’s protector to that of a mentor, indoctrinating Jamie into his world, a world brimming with bigotry, righteousness and malice. Like a son mimicking his father, Jamie soon begins to take on some of John’s traits and beliefs as he spends more and more time with him and his select group of friends. The protection and guidance that John presents to Jamie is initially welcomed however as events occur around him, including the disappearance of several people, Jamie begins to harbour deep suspicions about John and his motivations. When the truth is finally revealed to Jamie his hopes of happiness are threatened by both his loyalty for, and fear of, his father-figure John Bunting, Australia’s most notorious serial killer.
Plot: Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother’s new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.
Smart Tags: #gang #emotionally_unstable_protagonist #mentally_unstable_protagonist #tortured_to_death #sociopathy #sadistic_killer #nihilist #multiple_deaths #multiple_murders #homophobic_slur #death_of_brother #asking_someone_to_murder_someone #camera_shot_of_feet #vigilante_justice #male_rape_victim #rape_victim #rapist #gay_rape #male_rapes_male #father_figure #pantyhose
|6.6/10 Votes: 17,305|
|6.2 Votes: 202 Popularity: 10.408|
Suspenseful, authentic and confronting.
Brilliant in it’s authenticity and simplicity. The attention to detail, costume and set design deserve recognition and credit. As the viewer you actually feel like your in the 90s, from the Nike Air sneakers to the Sega Master System etc. There is no clear distinction between characters at the beginning of the film, who are complex to say the least.This may leave some audience members confused, but also add to the intended emotions of the film. The actual murders were committed amongst the seemingly mundane and relatively normal lower class suburbs of Adelaide. The director Justin Kurzel, does a fine job at recreating that image. I loved this film because I am some what a crime buff and have a profound interest in Australian criminal history. This movie captures the very essence that is Snowtown. Crime buffs especially will enjoy this movie. The director doesn’t necessarily rely on graphic imagery to the extent some people may think. More the psychological game of fear and suspense is applied through out the feature with impeccable brilliance. My heart was racing for a majority of the time, even the quieter moments don’t allow you time to relax as the suspense builds. Snowtown is definitely not for the faint hearted or squeamish, but it is for those who can appreciate gritty Aussie crime flicks.
Quite good, but can be confusing
Before you watch this film, I recommend going to YouTube and watch a doco titled “Serial Killers – The Bodies in the Barrels”. It’s about 40 mins long, but fills in a lot of details that you might struggle to understand in the film.
Snowtown is actually quite a good film, but I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it without watching the doco beforehand. It focuses more on the people involved (and is quite a masterful film in that sense – great cinematography), and is quite restrained in its depiction of what actually happened. The major flaw is that you really have no context for a lot of what is happening – people, timeline etc. The doco I mention fills in a lot of the blanks and makes the film far more powerful.
The film is told from the point of view of James Vlassakis. The narrative doesn’t really display the true horror of what happened precisely because it is about James, and what he saw/was involved in. He becomes involved in the killings towards the end, but they had been going on for some time. Unfortunately, I think that means that the real horror of the events go largely unnoticed. That is both good in that it really is told from the perspective of James, which I appreciated after watching the doco and also bad, in that the audience doesn’t get to see just how horrific and depraved the killings were.
Because I had watched the doco prior to the film, I knew what the other killers had been doing, and at what point James became involved and why. Without that context, I think the film will feel a bit dull to a lot of people. Seeing as I knew what was happening (but is not shown in the narrative), it helped to contextualise it, and also appreciate the narrative as being told from James’s point of view. The doco delves into James’s character a little bit, and that helps the film.
(EDIT:) For instance, the doco points out (or at least theorizes) the reason why Bunting and the others were murdering people. The film doesn’t really address this. Perhaps the truth is just too complicated for a narrative film. I can appreciate that. However, there’s a lot of unanswered questions (both from the doco and the film, although the film doesn’t delve into those too much). The mother of James Vlassakis was herself involved in at least one of the killings (although the film doesn’t depict this). Some of the characters actually helped kill people, and then were killed themselves. The film doesn’t say why.
Without some context and background info, it can be hard to sort out the characters. This is both a strength and a weakness of the film.
I can remember when this story broke, and the news all reported that the killings were motivated by money. Bunting and the others would impersonate the dead people and collect their welfare cash. The doco claims quite a different story. It notes that Bunting seemed to target suspected pedophiles, and had a “spider wall” – a chart – of suspects on his wall. This is seen in the film, but not really explained. I personally wonder if the money/fraud aspect (which did indeed happen) drew some people in to assist in the killings, whilst the core group of Bunting and others were motivated by more sinister intent.
One significant part is that after the final murder, Bunting and another man actually cooked and ate part of their victim. That’s not the actions of people who are just killing to commit fraud. I don’t fault the film for not showing that, but it gives an insight into the true nature of the actual events. Although I praise the film highly, I do so having previously digested and read about what happened. In that context, as I’ve said, the film is excellent, and one of the best Aussie films made. It’s dark, gripping, harrowing and throughly compelling. (END EDIT)
It’s quite slow, but has an inexorable pull to it. The acting feels quite authentic. Bunting’s character seemed a little too young, at least compared to how he looks in real life.
Despite being called Snowtown, most of the murders happen in Adelaide. Snowtown was where they discovered the bodies after the killers moved them from Adelaide.
Watch the doco on youtube, and then settle in for an engrossing film that is really very good (if a little too long). Watch it without seeing the doco, and you might be bored.
7 out of 10.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 59 min (119 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror
Director Justin Kurzel
Writer Shaun Grant, Shaun Grant (story), Justin Kurzel (story), Debi Marshall (book), Andrew McGarry (book)
Actors Lucas Pittaway, Bob Adriaens, Louise Harris, Frank Cwiertniak
Awards 23 wins & 23 nominations.
Production Company Screen Australia, Warp Films Australia, South Australian Film Corporation
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Deluxe Australia
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A