Thoughtful, sexually charged, and sometimes brutal, this Australian drama by director Geoffrey Wright updates the setting of Shakespeare's play but stays true to its themes, offering fresh insight into the characters and verse. Macbeth is a Melbourne mobster who, bewitched by a trio of teen temptresses, murders a local crime boss and touches off a gang war; Lady M is a thrill-seeking but chilly neurotic whose ruthless ambition turns to suicidal depression as the violence escalates. A fine cast brings depth to the leading and supporting roles alike, aided by kinetic cinematography, a techno-rock score, and a text shrewdly trimmed by screenwriter Victoria Hill. This is both an exciting thriller and a worthy addition to the canon of Shakespearean cinema. 109 min.
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