Said to be the most expensive film in the history of the planet, ALP Production’s Rudd and Gillard looks like being the biggest flop in the history of cinema. Set between 2007 and 2013, and named after the two main protagonists, Rudd and Gillard is an Australian-made film financed by Screen Australia. Industry sources have been quiet about the final cost of the film, but speculation suggests that it cost well over $100 billion to make.
Rudd and Gillard tells the story of two small-scale crooks who fumble their way through a series of hilarious, but expensive, heists and cock-ups. They are supported by a range of shady characters who are supposed to be villains but appear fools.
The film seems unsure of its genre – is it a comedy, a tragedy, horror or a romance? How does the blend of the character acting by the female lead compare with the method acting of the male lead?
Professional movie critics count it a banner week when only one movie involves eating, falling into or being covered by excrement. We aren’t prudes and like to laugh. But what these movies, including Rudd and Gillard often do not understand is that the act of being buried in crap is not in and of itself funny.
This is a film to be avoided. The acting is atrocious. The sets are obviously fake. The action is pedestrian. The sound is pathetic. The suspense is non-existent. The conclusion is obvious. Is there any positive to this film? I think not. Director John McTernan will find it difficult getting funding for any future production.
1 out of 10 – avoid like the plague. Showing until 14 September.