Parents' Guide to

Transfusion

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Australian crime drama has violence, language, drugs.

Movie R 2023 106 minutes
Transfusion movie poster: Sam Worthington looks at camera while holding a rifle with a red background

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This Australian action flick is more thoughtful than your average testosterone-fueled crime thriller. Transfusion shows the slow-burn effect of a war hero struggling to cope with a particularly harsh return to everyday life. Cast as the troubled Ryan, Worthington internalizes grief and trauma to the point where we can almost read his thoughts. What lets down a promising character study is the abrupt, 10-year jump into the movie's second act. Ryan's now-teenage son Billy isn't given any time to develop on-screen, and Edward Carmody's shy and introspective performance never quite matches what we're told about him. Various flashback scenes lead to a lopsided script that further under-serves Billy's story. The rest is a cliched, repetitive tale of a principled former soldier -- ill-equipped for a civilian existence -- being drawn into a life of crime. Writer-director (and actor) Matt Nable delivers the pacing and the action, but we could've done with some variety. One nice, comic misdirect during a robbery scene shows that there was a bit more room here to maneuver. But instead we're robbed of any real surprises or tension.

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