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Lone Wolf

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Australian crime drama has strong language and violence.

Movie NR 2021 99 minutes
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Great effort has gone into the style of this Australian crime drama involving police and state corruption, and environmental activism. Lone Wolf's action is almost exclusively seen through a secondary lens -- whether CCTV footage or cellphone cameras -- creating a strong visual stamp and a different slant on the found-footage approach. But this also creates an additional barrier, keeping the characters at arm's length, and results in a slow-moving plot -- particularly in the first half.

The film channels current day socio-political debates and concerns about surveillance states into a crime drama that never quite musters much of a sense of urgency or scale. The performances are solid but often lackluster with characters suffering from being underdeveloped in some cases. Overall, it's a film of style over substance, which offers an eventual payoff (however predictable) for those willing to see it through, but drags its feet longer than necessary in the process.

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