This whacked-out omnibus may have been deemed a poor bet for wide release, because it defies commercial pigeonholing. Providing each of its four stories with a distinct identity and visual style, TWISTED twists its way from the supernatural to the blackly comic to the ironic to the creepily futuristic. "Bonus Mileage": Foul-tempered, frequent flyer Harry...read more
This whacked-out omnibus may have been deemed a poor bet for wide release, because it defies commercial pigeonholing. Providing each of its four stories with a distinct identity and visual style, TWISTED twists its way from the supernatural to the blackly comic to the ironic to the
"Bonus Mileage": Foul-tempered, frequent flyer Harry Chisholm (Geoffrey Rush) converses with suspiciously friendly first-class passenger Jay Condon, collector of souls (Shane Briant), who is wanted by the police for embezzlement. Condon is looking for souls he can subsume just by giving his
intended target his calling card. Having traded places with crooked CEO Condon, Harry, who now inherits Condon's fate, flees from the cops and avoids a prison stretch only by flipping the magical card to his cabbie.
"Third Party": Secretive Tom (Marshall Napier) and provocative Sara (Rachel Ward) exchange dating videos and meet for an assignation, even though a serial killer is striking through the personal ads. Could kinky Tom or insatiable Sara be the lovelorn maniac? The morning after, we learn that this
happily married couple were only spicing up their lovemaking routine.
"The Confident Man" is Jack (Bryan Brown), who can smooth talk his way in or out of anything. His plans to upgrade his liquor store are derailed when the store is robbed by a coked-up thief. Holding what he believes is only a drill, con man Jack uses his salesmanship to convince the rattled robber
he must surrender or die. When Jack pulls the trigger, his weapon turns out to be a real gun, after all.
"Directly From My Heart to You": A lethal blonde named Betty (Kimberley Davies) cold-bloodedly guns down three renowned scientists, before emptying her revolver into a pizza delivery boy. Her creator, who ordered Betty only to eliminate his patent partners in robot manufacturing, now plans to
replace this haywire prototype with a newer model. Although malfunctioning murderess Betty executes him first, she learns that her Maker, himself, was also an android.
Uncanny and unsettling, TWISTED is a sort of Aussie "Twilight Zone." This spooky kaleidoscope offers viewers a journey through time, space, and our own preconceived notions of where the narrative is wending itself. Starting on a skin-crawling note with that airborne identity-snatching yarn, this
visually elegant film deftly combines the macabre with the droll. The film noir shadows of "Third Party" prove a bold contrast to the cheery circusy colors that complement "The Confident Man" or the grainy photography that suits the atmosphere of panic in "Bonus Mileage." The most accomplished of
the four tales, "Directly From My Heart to You," boasts the deepest saturated color, the blood hues of a fairy tale gone awry. Satirizing contemporary culture's empty obsession with "plastic" beauty, it uses off-kilter camera angles and expressionistic art direction to suggest an innately
malevolent environment. In each episode, human beings are at the mercy of other-worldly influences or their own uncontrollable impulses. Only Betty the killer robot can cope with a universe this TWISTED. (Graphic violence, profanity, sexual situations, substance abuse.)
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