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1% One Percent – film review

October 26, 2018


Brutal Aussie biker flick delivers break-out role for potential new star.

Reviewed on Sunday 21st October 2018

Directed by Stephen McCallum. Written by Matt Nable. Starring: Ryan Corr, Abbey Lee, Josh McConville, Simone Kessell and Matt Nable. Running time: 92 mins.

The vice president of an outlaw motorcycle club is coerced into doing business laundering money with a rival club as restitution for his brother’s involvement in a foolish attempt to rip them off. When the president of his own club is released from jail and immediately reneges on the deal, the VP must challenge his psychopathic boss for the top spot otherwise his brother will be targeted and killed by the rival club.

Delving into the occasionally explored world of outlaw motorcycle clubs, this impressive feature debut from film school graduate and commercials director Stephen McCallum is a gritty and intensely engaging character-driven crime drama whose greatest asset is its unpredictability.

Featuring a powerhouse central performance from former NRL rugby league player-turned actor Matt Nable (best remembered for his stand-out appearance in the sci-fi action fave Riddick – opposite Vin Diesel) the film recalls that other no-holds-barred gritty take on an Aussie flavoured fringe culture, the Russell Crowe-starring Romper Stomper from 1992.

The movie’s only recognizable shortcoming is its esoteric title – seemingly nondescript to the casual observer. It does however have relevance – referring as it does to an alleged misquote attributed to the American Motorcyclist Association – that 99% of motorbike riders are law-abiding citizens – while 1% are not.

The cast is uniformly excellent – while Matt Nable (imposing as fuck as club president Knuck) overshadows everything. Whenever he appears it is virtually impossible to     tear one’s gaze away – his nuanced performance being pitch-perfect and totally convincing; fully inhabiting this monstrous, hateful character while simultaneously charming us to the verge where we can perhaps even see ourselves sympathising with him. The other stand-out performance belongs to Josh McConville as Paddo’s dimwitted but well-meaning brother Skink (perhaps the film’s most sympathetic character). So good is McConville’s performance that we forget we are watching an actor play a role and truly buy him as a real person – reacting to the escalating bloodshed with horror as events spiral out of control.

While Stephen McCallum’s direction artfully escalates a serious sense of dread,       the finely-wrought screenplay – penned by Nable himself – also does a great job in subverting expectations; the final third of the film going in directions we simply cannot anticipate.

Heralding the arrival of a potential new star (drawing comparisons with Russell Crowe in Romper Stomper and Eric Bana in Chopper) – One Percent may well be the vehicle to propel another talented Aussie actor from down under obscurity to the loftiest of heights.

4 stars out of 5

Star ratings: 1 – poor / 2 – below average / 3 – good / 4 – excellent / 5 – unmissable

Viewed at the Event Cinemas Marion, October 21st 2018

Greg Moss is a film school graduate with a background in directing music videos     and is currently seeking representation as a screenwriter. He likes creative people, feeding the cat and watching genre movies. Greg can also be heard on the Blu-ray commentary track for the 1980 sci-fi thriller Saturn 3, out now from Scream Factory.

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  1. keith carnell permalink

    when will this movie be available? look good and reviewed well


    • gregory moss permalink

      Cheers Keith. Should be due out on home video in Australia fairly soon I imagine.


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