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:: Bad Eggs

This is the debut directorial work of well-known Australian comedian Tony Martin. As such, he has gathered, through his pre-conceived plan, a wealth of comedic talent; his “friends”, in shaping a very accomplished and funny film, which is set in Melbourne. The story, itself, is full of interesting ideas in compacting the humour into a thriller about high-level corruption.

Two underachieving policemen, Ben Kinnear (Mick Molloy) and Mike Paddock (Bob Franklin) create some dissatisfaction within the branch. They are members of the Zero Tolerance Unit (ZTU – the Z is pronounced as Zee). Mistake after mistake sees them stripped of this status and back into uniform on street patrol duties. However, they happen to stumble across corruption within the ranks, which relates to a sneaky casino figure and within the government.

These are the roles that the director made specifically for the two lead actors and the natural chemistry works well, right from the opening sequence. The supporting cast is adept in feeding off them, led by Judith Lucy, Bill Hunter, Shaun Micallef, and Alan Brough, Their characters are well-defined and enjoyable to watch.

The story leads in well to the climax where Ben and Mike prove their worth for the ZTU. They look the part as accidental heroes and the story is well supported by the gags and clever script. This film could be viewed as quite adventurous in terms of style and plot, and marks as a fine effort by director Tony Martin. He captures the mood with techniques drawn from watching his film heroes. He is a keen film buff and sways from making this your straight crime thriller. It also contains a fine soundtrack, comprising the talents of Melbourne music icons David Graney and Clare Moore.

Overall, this is a pleasing film which satisfies the notion that Australian films offer a good deal in creativity and entertainment.

Screening on general release