Movieline's Hollywood Life - 05/01/2001
"...[Bana] gives a terrific performance....At once funny, menacing and commanding, he seems poised to become the next rage from Down Under..."
New York Times - 04/11/2001
"...Mr. Bana turns in a star-making performance....Mr. Bana's Chopper is so scarily convincing that he makes you feel the eruptive force of each mood swing..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/13/2001
"...Bana has a ferocious wit, energy and tremendous physical presence....His dark, expressive eyes are crucial in expressing Choppers ever-changing, always-impassioned emotions..."
Total Film - 05/01/2000
"...Dominik's movie is too intelligent to dismiss: thanks to a witty, unpatronising script and a star turn from Antipodean stand-up Eric Bana..."
Australian comedian Eric Bana is Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his best-selling autobiography, FROM THE INSIDE, while serving a murder sentence in prison. Beginning in the blue-washed light of a maximum security Melbourne prison, Chopper establishes his dominance with the impulsive knifing of a fellow prisoner. Vaccillating between violence and regret, Chopper apologizes to his victim, but his good mate Jimmy (Simon Lyndon) later retaliates against Chopper in an excruciating contract stabbing, rife with sexual tension. Finally released from prison, the heavily-tattooed Chopper has lost the better part of both of his ears, as well as the ability to make any distinction between his own made-up stories and reality. At a nightclub with his prostitute girlfriend, Tanya (Kate Beahan), he runs into Neville (Vince Colosimo), an old victim who limps from the attack but glitters in drug-funded gold. In his paranoia, Chopper connects rumors of a new contract on his life to Neville, Tanya, and his old mate Jimmy, to whom he pays a visit and discovers a man rotting from drug abuse. Alternately wickedly funny and grotesque, CHOPPER gives no easy answer to the question of Chopper Read's motives, but his method is clear, "Ya bash people for no reason, just to get a name for yourself."
Description by Image Entertainment:
Chopper (Eric Bana) is Mark "Chopper" Read, real-life convict and bestselling author of "How to Shoot Friends and Influence People." His story is frightening, savagely funny and twisted. The son of a devoutly religious mother and a one-time soldier with a fondness for sleeping alongside a loaded gun, Chopper dreams of making a name for himself as a legendary crime figure. His journey starts out as a wisecracking criminal failure, inside a maximum-security prison, but he manages to twist his life into a fascinating and wickedly funny take that the press and the public can't get enough of.
Black Comedy |
Prison / Prisoners |
Theatrical Release |