In Like Flynn, the
latest offering from iconic Australian director Russel Mulcahy is a bumpy ride.
Mulcahy, whose credits include Razorback, Highlander, Resident Evil:
Extinction, the underrated Give ‘em Hell
Malone among a host of music videos and other feature films gives it his
best, but never really gets the film off the ground.
Based on his adventures before his rise to superstardom,
Flynn (Thomas Cocquerel) starts off in Papua New Guinea as a fearless guide for
two American film producers (Dan Fogler and B-grade movie icon Lachlan Munro)
who are looking to film some stock footage of an indigenous tribe. The opening
sequence is very Indiana Jones like and is a lot of fun, although quite
violent. It was surprising to say the least. From there Flynn, heads back to
the mainland and finds himself on the run from two groups of gangsters. He
escapes with friends Dook (William Mosely) and Rex (Corey Large – also the
films co-screenwriter) along with new acquaintance Charlie (Clive Standon). The
group navigate the eastern coast of Australia in a yacht that may or may not be
stolen on the way back to Papua New Guinea – and hopefully gold.
Cocquerel is absolutely fantastic as Flynn, he is
charismatic, bold, tough and has a bright future. His efforts in the opening
scene in Papua New Guinea reminded me of Indiana Jones, and it had me excited
for the rest of the film. William Mosely is also in top form as Dook, a crack
shot with the pistol and a level head. Corey Large also puts in a competent
performance as a seasoned boxer. Unfortunately, Clive Standon, playing an
unenthused drunk, puts in about as much effort as one. His performance is
boring, and at times he is a dead ringer for Dominic Purcell.
In Like Flynn also
stars a host of home grown talent including David Wenham (Three Dollars), Nathalie Kelley (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift), Isabel Lucas (Daybreakers), Nathan Jones (Troy), Callan Mulvey (The Hunter), Costas Mandylor (Virtuosity) and Andy McPhee (The Condemned). As you can see, the casting
agency certainly went all out with its casting and tries to do the same with
While the film is quite exciting in the beginning – bar
fights, brawls, poker and adventure – it sadly fizzles out about half way
through when the crew gets out to sea. The pacing changes, the dialogue changes,
and it becomes quite the bore. A quick stop in at Townsville brings a bit of
fun back into it, but David Wenham’s slimy character puts an abrupt end to it.
From there the seafaring continues until its tragic and sudden ending.
In Like Flynn
starts, promising a good time and a grand adventure, however with the off
pacing it almost feels like a large scale TV show or mini-series. To be honest
I think the biopic should have been a mini-series as it tries to fit in too
much, more than it can handle. It also should have expanded on the time in
Papua New Guinea and Townsville, where it let a lot of fun and interesting
characters come and go without enough attention, choosing to spend too much
time on the ocean with only the four main characters. While they’re all
interesting in their own right, aside from Errol, they do not have enough
presence to warrant the amount of screen time they get, which is where I found
it got overly boring.
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