“Around the Block” is a drama film written and directed by Sarah Spillane. The ensemble cast members include Christina Ricci, Mark Coles Smith, Matt Nable, Hunter Page-Lochard, Jack Thompson, Damian Walshe-Howling, Ursula Yovich, Ruby Rose, Andrea Demetriades and Madeleine Madden. The film opens in U.S. theaters on Aug. 4, 2014. Read on to learn more about Movie News Guide’s (MNG) “Around the Block” synopsis and review.
“Around the Block” Synopsis:
Dino Chalmers (Ricci) is an American educator who landed a job in an underfunded school in Redfern, Australia. Convinced that she can help inspire the troubled high schoolers by staging “Hamlet,” she negotiates with the principal (Thompson) and gets him to agree.
During the auditions, Dino has her eyes set on Liam (Page-Lochard), a 16-year-old Aborigine, to play the role of the Prince of Denmark. Liam is inspired by his late Uncle Charlie, former member of Black Theatre, who was also into acting. Unfortunately, Uncle Charlie was killed in a casino holdup and left Liam’s father, Jack (Nable), in prison for 20 years. His brother, Steve (Smith), wants to avenge their family’s plight by hunting for the man who tipped the cops about the casino job, and he needs Liam to set his plans into motion.
“Around the Block” Review:
As of this writing, the critics from Rotten Tomatoes have given the film a 60 percent, while 71 percent of the moviegoers would like to see it.
The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney particularly cited the actors’ performance in the film, stating that they should be in a “less emotionally bogus drama.”
Meanwhile, Joe Leydon of Variety lauded Page-Lochard’s performance. Leydon referred to him as the “major selling point” of the film.
“An attention-grabbing, potentially profile-elevating performance by up-and-comer Hunter Page-Lochard is the major selling point of ‘Around the Block’… Page-Lochard is the one more likely to earn the critical plaudits that this well-intended yet cliche-ridden pic will need to have any chance in theatrical and homescreen venues,” wrote Leydon in Variety.
There you have it for “Around the Block” synopsis and review. It opens in U.S. theaters on Aug. 4, 2014. Stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates about upcoming movies.
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