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Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) scripts and stars in this thriller about a decorated cop whose attempt to hide his complicity in a traffic accident makes him the target of a dogged investigator (Jai Courtney).
Is a lie defensible if it protects the innocent?
If the truth wouldn't change a tragic
course of events, does it matter? These
thorny moral questions are at the heart of
Felony, a thriller that brings together three
leading men at the top of their respective
games. Fuelled by a complex script by Joel
Edgerton and tight direction by Matthew
Saville, Felony is a stylish, gripping, compulsively
watchable story with an almost
unsolvable dilemma at its core.
Malcolm Toohey (Edgerton) has it all:
a terrific family and a reputation as an
upright cop, a job he loves. One night, after
celebrating a successful arrest, he makes
a terrible mistake, then, to cover up that
mistake, he makes the decision to lie about
it — with tragic consequences. Complicit
in the affair is senior officer Carl Summer
(Tom Wilkinson), an assertive watchdog
of "the brethren," whose new partner Jim
Melic (Jai Courtney) has the youthful arrogance
of knowing very well, he thinks, what
is right and what is wrong.
Best known for compelling performances
in such films as Zero Dark Thirty, Animal
Kingdom, and Warrior, Edgerton makes
an auspicious debut as a screenwriter,
an achievement equal to his portrayal of
the conflicted officer Toohey. His onscreen
chemistry with Wilkinson, riveting as the
rapacious fixer, is palpable, and Courtney
(Jack Reacher, A Good Day to Die Hard)
textures the hard-line ethics of his character
with softer moments that betray a
shocking lack of judgment.
One man is guilty of a crime, one tries to
cover it up, and one tries to expose it — the
collisions of these characters make for one
of the year's best thrillers.
- Matthew Saville
- Matthew Saville is based in Australia.
He has directed extensively for
Australian television. His film credits
include the shorts Franz & Kafka (97),
Rhonda and Nigel (02), Sweetheart
(03), Bonny Doon (12), and his debut
feature Noise (07). Felony (13) is his