TRANSFUSION (2023) Reviews of Sam Worthington crime thriller

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Transfusion is a 2023 Australian crime thriller about a former Special Forces operative thrust into the criminal underworld to keep his only son from being taken from him.

Written, directed by and also co-starring actor Matt Nable, making his directorial debut.

The Altitude Media Group-Deeper Water-Madman Entertainment co-production also stars Sam Worthington (9 Bullets; The Last Son; Fractured; AvatarTerminator SalvationRogue), Phoebe Tonkin, Susie Porter, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, George Houvardas, Sam Cotton, Gilbert Bradman, Brad McMurray, Alison McGirr, Darius Williams, Damien Strouthos, Julian Maroun, Mike Duncan, Trystan Go, Alex Malone, Edward Carmody and Rachel Biazzo.

Plot synopsis:
A father (Sam Worthington) and his young son (Edward Friday Carmody) are attempting to reconnect after a devastating loss. The son, mired in guilt for a choice he never made, and a father suffering from PTSD and without identity after retiring from the Special Air Service regiment (SAS) of the Australian Army. On his last chance with the law, the father is thrust into the criminal underworld by a former SAS brother (Matt Nable) to keep his only son from being taken from him…

” …there’s lots of stern looks in Transfusion, along with a lot of bad decisions and tough-talking men. The film is supposed to be dramatically engaging rather than pleasurable – but it’s only occasionally the former.” 2 out of 5 stars, The Guardian

Transfusion is not a perfect film, and subplots with Billy’s new group of friends and Johnny’s underworld activities feel particularly underwritten. But when it sticks to the central characters and their relationship, it works. There’s an ambiguous, haunting quality to Transfusion‘s final scenes between father and son that packs a real punch.” 3 out of 5 stars, The Prague Reporter

” …it felt like the film was dabbling in notions of masculinity and what it means, and I wish they had explored that with a bit more conviction […] Look, a lot is going on here, and they are trying to explore essential points. However, it felt like we only got a surface-level analysis, and it really needed to delve deeper.” 3 out of 5 stars, TL;DR Movie Reviews and Analysis

” …the film is low on action the three scenes we do get are well done. However if you’re going into Transfusion looking for action it probably won’t be enough to satisfy you. Those looking for a thriller with a heavy dose of drama, or vice versa, should have a better time.” 3 out of 5 stars, Voices from the Balcony

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