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      The Square

      R Released Apr 9, 2010 1h 45m Mystery & Thriller List
      86% Tomatometer 86 Reviews 70% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Ray (David Roberts), a construction worker trapped in an unhappy marriage, pursues an affair with his neighbor, Carla (Claire van der Boom). Carla's husband, Greg (Anthony Hayes), is a mobster who keeps large sums of drug money in their home. With this in mind, Carla comes up with a plan: She and Ray will steal Greg's money, burn down her house, convince Greg the money was lost in the fire and then run away together. Carla's scheme, however, doesn't go off as planned. Read More Read Less

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      The Square may not quite live up to the modern noir classics that inspired it, but with twists and tension to spare, it comes admirably close.

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      Jordan Hoffman Birth.Movies.Death. a Sisyphusian tale about idealists devoting their lives to bringing about change. Jan 30, 2013 Full Review Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel A taut, well-executed if somewhat predictable riff on the murderous caper-that-goes-wrong theme that has anchored sexy, blood-stained crime pictures from The Postman Always Rings Twice to Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. Rated: 3/4 Jul 15, 2010 Full Review Sheri Linden Hollywood Reporter A well-made and entertaining descent into a black-comic hell. Jul 6, 2010 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review The Square marks an incredible debut for Nash Edgerton, complete with an assuredness of style and tone that comes seldom to first-time filmmakers. Rated: 3.5/4 Aug 9, 2023 Full Review Lisa Jensen Good Times Santa Cruz The atmosphere becomes so charged that, even the insidious way a man makes an appointment to get his hair cut seems fraught with innuendo and peril. Rated: 3/4 Sep 12, 2017 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid This kind of crime film is not easy to make, and the Edgertons have done an admirable job with The Square. Sep 3, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      dave s While it doesn't really add anything new to the noir-inspired, ‘I think we're in way over our heads' style of thriller, The Square is still a pretty entertaining way to kill some time. Ray and Carla are lovers, both cheating on their spouses, who decide to steal a satchel full of money from Carla's husband, who has hidden the bag of cash in the attic. It all seems pretty straightforward until the plan goes horribly wrong, resulting is a nasty chain of blackmail and murder. Despite their stupidity, the two lead characters are interesting and the film moves along at a brisk clip, keeping you guessing along the way. There are a lot of better films of this type (Fargo, A Simple Plan, etc), but there's nothing wrong with spending some time watching The Square. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review kevin c The Square is a great little thriller about a man and woman having an affair and planning on running off together, but before that happens they must steal a bag of ill gotten money from her seedy boyfriend. From there everything seems to go askew. Filled with twists and turns and great acting from the cast, this is the very definition of a hidden gem. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review jed i 6.3/10 — "Okay"/"Decent"/"Watchable" -(Seen on 1/30/21) Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member It's just one thing after another for philandering building-site manager Ray. A clandestine affair with a young neighbour and a mismanaged plot to steal her husband's stash of cash leads inevitably to death and disaster. This Australian neo-noir comes so close to being brilliant - it's very well acted, photographed and directed - that it's a genuine shame that the final quarter slips into almost comic melodrama, with far too many plot beats to stay the right side of plausible. But never mind: it's still a great deal better than most modern thrillers. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Decent thriller - they are trying to plan their escape so they can run off together - but it's a little more complicated than that - living across the river from each other. He's taking some bad deals while building a hotel Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member very good robbery caper film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/18 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Ray (David Roberts), a construction worker trapped in an unhappy marriage, pursues an affair with his neighbor, Carla (Claire van der Boom). Carla's husband, Greg (Anthony Hayes), is a mobster who keeps large sums of drug money in their home. With this in mind, Carla comes up with a plan: She and Ray will steal Greg's money, burn down her house, convince Greg the money was lost in the fire and then run away together. Carla's scheme, however, doesn't go off as planned.
      Director
      Nash Edgerton
      Producer
      Louise Smith
      Screenwriter
      Joel Edgerton, Matthew Dabner
      Distributor
      Apparition
      Production Co
      Film Depot
      Rating
      R (Violence|Language)
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 9, 2010, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 16, 2012
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $404.9K
      Runtime
      1h 45m
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