Malcolm (1986)

Malcolm (1986)

Directed by: Nadia Tass

Starring: Colin Friels, John Hargreaves, Lindy Davies

Despite what the poster may lead you to believe, this is not a children’s story about a poorly drawn cartoon man in half a car. Instead, it is a weird, Australian feel-good movie about bank robbers and a train enthusiast. I can see why you couldn’t convey that via a poster, though.

This weird train enthusiast gets fired from his job at the railroad for stealing parts from work to make his own personal trolley. To make money, he rents out a couple rooms in his house to two people, one of whom is a waitress, the other a small time thief. They combine their talents to pull off a goofy R/C car-based scheme to rob a bank.

Not sure what it was about this movie, but it was just really dull. Maybe it’s just because it was a foreign film and they tend to not stress as much action as we do here in the land of BLOWIN’ EVERYTHING UP ALL THE TIME, because it seems like the premise of “robbing a bank with robots” sounds pretty awesome. And it wasn’t a completely cheap film, either, they obviously sunk a lot into the R/C props and stuff… it just wasn’t presented in a visually interesting way. Which is weird when the only thing of note in the film is the visually interesting stuff.

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