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Risk (2001)
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by Dust For Eyes

"No need for punitive damages"
3 stars

Set in an insurance company, Risk tells the story of a new guy entering the corporate world and how it changes him. It's all double crossing, corruption and lies. Who says insurance is boring? Me. I do. Thankfully the movie's better.

The introduction into the corporate world is a tricky one. It is a world high on structure with its own culture and it takes time to adjust.

It is also a world that may or may not have differences in its external image and what actually goes on inside its walls. How you react within this world and how you react to the outside world when your are representing this corporate world are all things that a new person needs to learn.

One thing that a new person will not really want to learn is how to deal with corruption. Corruption can start without you realising you are in the middle of it.

Then also without realising, not only do you have to deal with corruption, you might find yourself worrying about loyalty to friends and incriminating yourself and how the hell you are going to get out of the mess you've found yourself in.

Ben (Long) is a newby at an insurance company. He's all sweet, innocent, really cares about people and is nice. Probably too nice. For an insurance company, that just will not do. So he's ripe for exploitation.

Kriesky (Brown) realises this and so sets him up in a special personal experiment of talking to disputed claimants so they don't have to go to court. Is it legal? Well technically, yes. Ben is introduced to Louise (Karvan), who helps out Kriesky, and she soon takes a liking to Ben.

Once again it is the visual style that strikes the viewer. As with White's previous film, Erskineville Kings, the carefully planned positioning of the camera has eased out new, intriguing views of the often photographed city of Sydney. This time working with cinematographer Simon Duggan (who worked on the excellent The Interview), White shows us the slick corporate stylings of the slick corporate world. The design and photography are top rate.

The story is an engaging one without being too involving. It's a noir-ish crisis of morals, with a femme fatale in the form of Karvan making it an interesting introduction to the corporate world for Ben.

The script did feel a little underdone. Crucial explanations and a voice over past by perhaps a little too quickly leaving this viewer wondering just what precisely was Ben's role in Kriesky and Louise's plans. I missed it - so sue me.

The story though, is amusing and attention-grabbing and keeps you entertained enough.

Brown's Kriesky was the usual Brown character. Rough around the edges, rough in the centre and pretty much everywhere in between as well. Brown can do that type of character blindfolded and so he did.

Karvan turns up the sexometer off the scales and does a good job of her lot. It's hard to believe she pulled this off considering she was such a klutz in Paperback Hero.

In Paperback Hero she played opposite Hugh Jackman. They were set to be together again in this film, yet Jackman had to pull out due to his last minute subbing for X-Men. That allowed Long to step in as Ben.

Long plays Ben initially in a similar manner as his roles in The Dish and Seachange - sweet and nave and bit simple. This time Ben transforms into something else and Long does a good job of handling this transformation.

Other than that the film doesn't excite the viewer too much - it's a nice enough hour and three-quarters or so of entertainment. It will not change your life (or your life insurance), but you will not feel you've wasted your money either.

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1/16/05 Gazza A hilariously bad disaster, saved only by Claudia Karvan's magnificent arse. 1 stars
8/07/01 Pierce Lanson Claudia is GORGEOUS!! Film is OK,good entertainment 4 stars
6/14/01 viking Claudia Karvan steals the show 4 stars
5/12/01 Belinda Doesnt excite. A few laughs. Claudia Karvan pretty to watch. 3 stars
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  10-May-2001 (MA)

Directed by
  Alan White

Written by
  John Armstrong
  Steve Wright

  Bryan Brown
  Tom Long
  Claudia Karvan
  Jason Clarke
  Brian Meegan
  Bob Baines

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