TL;DR – There could have been a good film here, but it gets lost in the mess of two competing ideas.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Disclosure – I paid for the Stan service that viewed this film
Poker Face Review –
One of the things about reviewing films that can be frustrating is when you get a movie where you can see promise in there, but the final product just falls flat. You feel for the filmmakers because they were so close to finding something unique, but you must review what you get at the end of the day. Well, on that front, let’s look at Poker Face.
So to set the scene, we open in on a bunch of kids playing cards, jumping off cliffs, running from bullies, and being there for each other. Many years later, the leader of the group, Jake (Russell Crowe), is visiting a local shaman (Jack Thompson) in the bush and asking his lawyer Sam McIntyre (Daniel MacPherson), to arrange some trust accounts and an extraordinary evening. Soon Michael Nankervis (Liam Hemsworth), Alex Harris (Aden Young), and Paul Muccino (Steve Bastoni) are all racing up the coast in sports cars to make it to Jake’s luxury oceanside holiday house. The childhood friends will play a high-stakes poker game, but secrets are about to escape.
TL;DR – Twenty years is a
long time and while it is good to be back in Pearl Bay, some of the characters
dragged us back to the 20th century.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Let me take you back in time, a whole twenty years ago, which seems a lifetime
now that I think about it. It was a quieter time in life, we had not yet dealt
with either the millennium or even the Willennium yet. However, down here in Australia
everyone and their mum’s was riveted by the story of the lost magistrate and
her Diver Dan. A lot has changed in those preceding years, both in the real
world, and the fictional one of the show, and it will be interesting to see if
lighting can hit twice again.
So to set the scene, we open in with Laura Gibson (Sigrid Thornton) who is volunteering
somewhere in Africa and not getting along with everyone, or anyone. She is
throwing herself into her work to kind of distract herself for the fact that
her marriage is tenuous at best, her daughter is in and out of trouble and that
her career is not really going anywhere. After upsetting enough people the aid
agency firers her and has her visa cancelled so she is forced to fly back to
Australia to get it sorted out. With some time to kill, she decides to come
back to Pearl Bay to visit her other daughter Miranda (Brooke Satchwell) who
still lives there. Only to find out a lot has changed, such as her house got