Rise Tuesday, 07 July 2020

Rise

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Ride the wave.

  • Starring:

    Nathan Wilson, Martin Sacks, Marty Rhone, Erin Connor, Vincent B. Gorce, Andy Sparnon, Linda Millar, Mack Lindon, James Kearney, Jason Muller, Anthony Miller, Ashley Pardey, Liz Cantor

  • Directed by:

    Mack Lindon

  • Running time:

    104 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are stabbed, punched, handcuffed, headbutted, kicked, beaten, shoved, tackled. Sparring, brawling. Armed robbery, bribery, arguing. Throat-slitting gesture. Rape, matricide, eating ear, murder (hit job), suicide mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody necks, arms, clothing, faces. CPR, tattooing performed.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, crotch-grabbing. Nude male (rear view), shirtless men, man in shower. Posters/tattoos of bikini-clad/near-nude women. Skimpy clothing, beachwear, club wear. Having sex, one-night stand mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Bags of white pills (contraband)/boxes of prescription drugs seen. Alcohol (beer, spirits, champagne). Bar, club settings. Smoking (cigar, cigarettes). Morphine, selling drugs, smack, e's, wizz, juice, drink spiking, codeine, smoking crack mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, b*tch, bloody. Slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Name-calling. Derogatory term for women, derogatory reference to homosexuals. Obscene finger gestures. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Justice, wrongful conviction, incarceration, innocence, faith, hope, forgiveness, unlikely friendships, biography, mother-son relationships, nursing, surfing, baptism, freedom, painting, toxicology.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Courtroom, prison, bar, club, hospital settings. Pigeons, dogs, horses, crocodile, snake, mouse. Meat cooking, lightning, thunder, full moon. Toilet, urination, drool. Based on a true story. Post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Emotional, dramatic, tense, striking, compelling, real, uncomfortable. Standout performance from Martin Sacks, complex characterisation from Nathan Wiilson, haunting/heart-wrenching/brave performance from Marty Rhone, veracious prison setting, stranger-than-fiction story, committed cast and crew, made with genuine sense of enthusiasm/passion/integrity.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Naive, one-sided. Occasionally uneven, weak courtroom scene, underdeveloped screenplay, curious pre-credits montage.

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