The Square: Harshly Funny Film Noir Middle-aged man meets femme fatale, disaster ensues By Emily Rauhala, Newser User Posted Apr 9, 2010 9:31 AM CDT 0 comments Comments This is film noir, Aussie style. (screen grab) (Newser) – In this Aussie noir thriller, a married middle-aged man (David Roberts) and his younger lover (Claire van der Boom) seize the chance to escape with a bundle of cash. The finely wrought fallout involves an arsonist, a shark attack, and depravity and greed to spare. Most critics agree: it's sinfully good: The New York Times calls The Square "a tour of moral squalor." It is "suspenseful, invigorating and sometimes harshly funny," writes A.O Scott. The Square takes the conventions of film noir — "femme fatale, shady goons, best-laid plans spiraling out of control"—and gives them enough to make the film fell "almost fresh," writes Stephen Garret in Time Out. "As one might expect from stuntman-turned-director Nash Edgerton, the action is well staged," writes Michael Ordona for the Los Angeles Times. But, he says, he doesn't buy the leads: "There angles don't quite meet in the key relationship." "It's the kind of movie that features a spectacular car crash, only to reveal, by quiet crying from the wreckage, that a baby was inside" writes the AP's Jake Coyle.