Mr. Movie

'The Square' comes in uncomfortable, uncompromising, darn good

Be forewarned. The Square grinds on you. Hard.

It opens with a short subject called The Spider that sets an intense tone for Australian stuntman turned director Nash Edgerton’s first feature film.

-- Local show times, theaters, trailer.

A contractor building a swank resort is unhappily married. The husband of his mistress is a psycho with a satchel full of money hidden in the ceiling of their home. She convinces her lover to help her steal the money so they can run away. To keep the husband from suspecting, they hire an arsonist to burn down the house.

It’s not the brightest of ideas. From there, every move made is the wrong one. Corrective measures make things worse.

Part character study, part thriller, The Square is a unique offering from "The Land Down Under" that never lets up and never lets you breathe.

What makes the film appealing is the amount of information about the characters and their backgrounds — substance that Edgerton and his screenwriter brother, Joey don’t give you.

Normally that doesn’t work. Missing information tends to confuse the viewer. Nash uses it to his advantage and ours. Life isn’t neat and polished. It comes at you in chunks. So does this movie.

Uncomfortable ones.

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Rated R for violence, language, mature themes. It opens Friday, May 14 at the Carmike 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.