up! Yes, I confess I never saw Heath Ledger’s breakthrough back in its
day. Thanks to the marvel of Blu-Ray, I now got to see the grimy, dark
streets of Sydney and Kings Cross in particular, of a decade ago. It
seems in vogue at the moment to glorify the criminal past.
Writer/director Gregor Jordan film isn’t just a plain guns-n-fucking
care about the people and their motivations. Crims often aren’t 2D
‘evil-doers’—who would expend that much time and energy on nefarious
projects just for the thrill and rush? Yes there are the crazies—Bryan
Brown’s head-honcho baddie Pando—but the film helps bring home the
complexities around crime and poverty and how hard it is to break with
among those we come to care about is Ledger’s Jimmy, who is 19 and works
as a bouncer at Pando’s strip joint. He is immediately drawn to
country-girl and photographer Alex (Rose Byrne), who one night joins the
typically Australian confusion over money (think Bondi Beach and
emphysema), Ledger ends up owing money to Pando, who is then out to get
him. Two Hands features one of the most entertaining
bank-robberies ever. It no doubt dazzled and dazed audiences around the
world. But I just sat back and embraced it’s banal, life-affirming
images are clear, colour-rich and everything is well shot. It’s as if
you can feel the humid Sydney summer on your skin and through your hair.
film is tense, with elements of the supernatural, deep drama as well as
a healthy sense of justice. With Australia Day fast approaching, Two
Hands is definitely two thumbs up!