Suburban Mayhem (2006) Film Review

Suburban Mayhem

Told as a combination of documentary-style interviews and flashbacks, Suburban Mayhem is an Aussie film about Katrina Skinner (Emily Barclay) who is off the rails. Her mother’s gone, her brother’s in jail for decapitating a man during a robbery and her father has always pandered to her every need. She lives in a delusional world, believing a good lawyer can appeal the case and get her brother out, but that her father stands in her way, and sets out to remove him from the picture.

It’s not a great film, but it’s not bad. It’s low budget and gritty, and that worked quite well for the script they had. It certainly could have used some tightening up all around, although that may cause it to lose the essence of the film. This isn’t a glowing review; I didn’t love it at all, in fact, I don’t think I even really liked it much, but there was something about it that showed a real potential. Not just the appearance of a young Mia Wasikowska, although that was delightful.

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