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Solo

Year: 2006
Director: Morgan O'Neill
Writer: Morgan O'Neill
Cast: Colin Friels, Bojana Novakovic, Angie Milliken, Bruce Spence, Tony Barry, Chris Haywood, Vince Colosimo, Anh Do
It's a linear and plain-flavoured movie. It concentrates on tone, dialogue and it has a plot that's accessible. That's not the sort of thing movie critics love, but it's the reason Dan Brown outsells Peter Carey a hundred times over.

Solo introduces us to Barrett (Friels), a professional killer employed by a shadowy organised crime network called The Gentlemen. Barrett has had enough - his job is starting to make him sick and it's time to get out. As director O'Neill observes, he could have been a banker or a taxi driver - the story's about making the decision to change your life and dealing with the consequences.

The consequences in this case are that nobody leaves the world of The Gentlemen easily. After standing his ground, Barrett's overlords agree to let him go if he'll pull off one final job. University student Billie (Navakovic) has been sniffing around Barrett and his contacts hoping to do her thesis on the Royal Commission on their tails. She's getting too close, and The Gentlemen want Barrett to make her go away.

There's a hearty dose of humour, the sort of casual, explosive violence good gangster movies do well, and a twist ending just for good measure.

There's also a cast containing the cream of Australia's acting talent with some of the biggest names in the craft from the last 20 years. Together with a director whose head must be still spinning, they pull out all stops for Solo to show you a good time. Don't expect anything else and you'll love it.

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