Director: Justin Kurzel
Year Released: 2021
Mentally-stunted "Nitram" (Caleb Landry Jones) - who likes firecrackers and guns - moves out of his parents' house to live with wealthy heiress Helen (Essie Davis), then she dies in a car accident and leaves him money and her house, then his father (Anthony LaPaglia) commits suicide (over a real estate deal gone bad) so then he decides to go on a shooting spree in Port Arthur, Tasmania (after enjoying a glass of orange juice and a fruit cocktail). It's a very showy - but solid - performance for Jones (he won Best Actor at Cannes), whose depiction suggests that the real mass murderer Martin Bryant suffers from multiple disorders, including ADHD and Asperger Syndrome, however that doesn't really explain much of anything about him, and he remains as elusive as ever: he punches his father when he's going through a depressive spell (because he believes that's what you're 'supposed to do'), he intentionally messes with the steering wheel of a moving vehicle, he has freak-out "episodes," etc. Mercifully, not everyone that has psychological problems or lost a parent in a tragic fashion goes out and kills dozens of strangers, earning 35 life sentences in the process. If Kurzel's trying to bring attention to the fact that Australia has a gun problem, well ... so does the United States, and no one is going to be able to do anything about it.