Romper Stomper Season One (2018) Review
My Bloody Reviews Verdict 4

Romper Stomper Season One (2018) Review The press blurb received, along with the screener discs, drums up the product as follows…”A quarter of a century ago, a film about skinhead racists running amok in Australia exploded around the world in an orgy of violence, shocking audiences with its realistic take on neo-Nazi culture and making ..

Summary Rating: 4.0 from 10 4.0 normal

Romper Stomper Season One (2018) Review

Romper Stomper Season One (2018) Review

The press blurb received, along with the screener discs, drums up the product as follows…”A quarter of a century ago, a film about skinhead racists running amok in Australia exploded around the world in an orgy of violence, shocking audiences with its realistic take on neo-Nazi culture and making a star of its young lead, Russell Crowe. Now, with nationalism and racism on the rise around the globe, Romper Stomper is set to return for its sequel, this time as a powerful and daring TV series, with a distinctly modern take.”

The original film caused a media shit storm when it was released back in the early Nineties which afforded it a higher profile in the public consciousness than it actually deserved. Yes, I get that it was tackling the issue of skinhead racists but what it ultimately boiled down to was a young bloke shagging his friend’s girlfriend and the resulting fall out between them both. The film broke actor Russell Crowe and afforded him a career that saw him star in increasingly mediocre movies. Aside from that it’s hardly acknowledged nowadays so the world was hardly crying out for a TV series spin-off but here it is anyway.

TV programming, or indeed films, should be there to provoke a reaction whether it be to entertain or inform. Original writer and director Geoffrey Wright manages to do neither with his TV spin-off. Instead Romper Stomper fast begins to grate on your nerves coasting along on a generic, lifeless template that unfortunately means that there are no surprises here along with no one to route for or side with. I am not adverse to product that lacks a character to emphasize with as long as there’s something else in the story to grab onto – there isn’t. Unfortunately you know straight away exactly where this is all heading and the plot arc boringly unrolls exactly as you would expect it to. A bore!

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