Mystery Road Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson Jay (Aaron Pedersen – who else?) is an Aboriginal cop who returns to his country town following detective training, and is thrown immediately into a murder case. A dead Indigenous girl has been found in a culvert; she was a friend of his teenage daughter, who lives […]
Jonathan Empson writes ‘mercifully short reviews’, the best of which we republish here on The Story Department.
Paranoia Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson Adam (Liam Hemsworth) is a junior brain at tech company Wyatt Corporation. He and his team are fired by Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman) for pitching a product that Wyatt thinks is pointless. I’m with Wyatt on that one. But Wyatt then rehires the cash-strapped Adam to infiltrate Eikon, […]
The Rocket Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson Ahlo is an only twin (as Peter Cook would have it), his sibling having been stillborn. In Laos, twins are considered bad luck, so his mother and his old bat of a grandmother covered up that fact. When Ahlo’s village is forced to relocate to make way […]
Kick-Ass 2 Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson Dave/Kick-Ass, the superhero with no actual superpowers, is bored with life now he’s hung up his suit. He tries to persuade Mindy, aka Hit Girl, a one-girl marine corps, to train him up so they can fight crime together. Which she does, but then her guardian persuades […]
Frances Ha Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson Frances (Greta Gerwig, also the co-writer) shares a New York apartment and pursues her dream of becoming a dancer. Bearing in mind Gerwig’s awkward physicality, it’s no surprise to discover that her dream is fading. But she stays chipper, despite having no Plan B for her life, […]
The Conjuring Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson The Perron family move into a large and run-down house – a deceased estate – in 1971 and discover that the deceased owners seem not to have moved out yet. Clocks stop, doors creak, things go bump in the night, various Perrons get thumped in the night, […]
Only God Forgives Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson Julian’s boxing club in Bangkok is a front for his drug business. He runs both using as few words as possible. His brother Billy murders a prostitute, so local cop Chang arranges for the girl’s father to beat Billy to death. Chang wants to clean up […]