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||The Dish: Review
Directed By: Rob Sitch
Starring: Sam Neill, Kevin Harrington, Tom Long (I), Patrick Warburton, Genevieve Mooy, Tayler Kane, Bille Brown, Roy Billing and Andrew S. Gilbert.
The Dish is one of those simple, solid, word -of-mouth titles that comes along every once in awhile. No killing, no explosions, no death but a great little story about likeable characters, and the excitement of a great moment in history.
The Dish, loosely based on a true story takes place mere days before the infamous July 19, 1969 space mission that marked the first steps on the moon. Due to the size and proximity of the Aussie's satellite dish NASA worked out a deal with the Australians to host the transmissions from the moon and transmit them to the world. Obviously when the American Al Burnett sent over by NASA starts running things, tensions run a little high as the cultures clash, but that is nothing when compared to the moment they loose all their data in the computers and have lost contact with Apollo 11.
What is amazing about this film, other than seeing Sam Neill and Patrick Warburton be utterly charming, is that the characters are never evil or outright mean, they try to work out their problems and see beyond their situation. This film, though hokey it may sound, is about the joys of exploration, the ideas and hope that go along with it, all perfectly captured by a solid ensemble cast. From security guard Rudi Kellerman (Tayler Kane) who can not actually get anyone to sign in at the dish to a Mayor Bob McIntyre (Roy Billing) who can not keep control of his own family half the time let alone keep control of any situation.
Rob Sitch, who previously brought us another wonky little Aussie comedy called The Castle is shaping up to be someone to keep an eye on while the writers should be given a thumbs up for simply telling a great little story without ever slipping into mind numbing melodramatics. The Dish proves what a lot of films should learn from, strong characters will bring only support to a story story, and tension can be derived from more than just guns. Wind, human error, time and pride can all work to keep the audience watching.Besides, I just don't know how anyone can hate a movie that has a game of cricket within the dish itself.
Copyright© Staffwriter: Rob Paul
Cast/ Director Film Highlights
Video: Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
The DVD Review:
Sadly not a lot of features available on this disk and the one I would have like to have seen, rather heard, is that of a director's commentary. I'm such a sucker for the commentary. It does carry the typical theatrical trailer, which in years to come will always prove to be an interesting feature.
The interactive menus are nothing to raise an alert about and the cast/director highlights is just a quick knock-off piece. All in all it doesn't appear as though a large amount of work was put into this but that probably stems from it being a small release with growing word of mouth.
However, this is a great little movie, they knew to keep the widescreen available so for the price that is selling for, at least your not getting ripped off.