Actors: Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Naomi Watts, Geoffrey Rush, Laurence Kinlan
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Ned Kelly|
|This is the tale of the notorious Australian outlaw who became the most wanted man in all of the British Empire. Edward “Ned” Kelly (Ledger) was born into a hard working Irish family in the hardscrabble world of 19th century Australia. He was one of many children his widowed mother was forced to raise after the death of Ned's father. Always, seemingly, on the wrong side of the law, Kelly was falsely accused of a crime he could not produce an alibi for. He was with Julia Cook (Watts), the wife of a local wealthy landowner and rancher. When his mother was imprisoned and his family harassed, Kelly turned against the agents of the Crown by shoot several policemen who were hunting for him and robbing numerous banks. He earned his status as public enemy number one for his actions.
Queen Victoria's government in Australia put a price on his head with the provision to shoot him on sight. What the government failed to realize was the public sided with Kelly and abetted his every move for weeks while he eluded capture in the harsh and desolate Australian Outback. Kelly, his brother Dan, along with friends Byrne (Bloom) and Hart (Kinlan) are tracked by Captain Francis Hare (Rush) until finally discovered and surrounded in a small rural town. The criminals vow to make a stand against overwhelming odds, by fashioning suits of armor from plates of iron.
--David Fletcher, Resident Scholar
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Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 40%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Time/Era of Movie:
- 19th century
Crime & Police Story?
If this is a criminal POV story...
- criminals portrayed sympathetically on the run
- short/standard wavy (man)
- average (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Black)
- (man) short/standard wavy
- average build (man)
How much in movie?
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/standard wavey
- average (man)
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
- moving train
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately messy visuals of dead
Movie makes you feel...
How many deaths in film?
- 8 or more
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
Kind of violence:
- Occasional swearing
Is this movie based on a
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