An undercover cop befriends a murder suspect Newcomer, A tense Australian thriller in the Un-Certain Regard section of Cannes. Written and directed by Thomas M. Wright (Intense misfortune), Featuring excellent performances by Shawn Harris and Joel Edgarton, who also works as producers.
Newcomer It starts simply: on a long bus ride, two people start a conversation. One soloist, Henry (a perfectly cast Harris), another newcomer to town, Paul (Steve Mouzakis). Paul needs a friend; Henry needs work. When Paul offers to introduce his new friend to his criminal acquaintances, Henry accepts nervously. Enter Mark (Joel Edgerton), who is presented as the boss of the middle-level crime, including smuggling work on offer. Frightened but fascinated, Henry goes with Ride and is attracted to Mark, spending time with him at work.
There is no job without it. It was initially revealed that Paul and Mark were working with police detectives as part of a wider operation to identify and befriend a series of suspects in the murder of a child years ago. This is a deadly but disturbing premise that is a fictional account of the police operation described in Kate Kiriaco’s book. The Sting: The Undercover Operation That Captured Daniel Morkomb’s Assassin.
As we watch Mark and Henry get closer, a parallel narrative shows the greater force’s efforts to determine the men in the boy’s abduction area. At its core is Detective Rilet (Jada Alberts), who gradually becomes convinced that Henry is responsible. This Manhunt timeline is probably intentionally vague, but the details are as interesting as Mark’s quest to win Henry’s trust and extract important information from his past.
As the pair continue their unpredictable dance, driving to Henry’s isolated home from wasteland missions and motel meetings, the tone shifts from ominous to rosy and observational. Seeing the two angry, the socially-disabled men spill open beer and try to have a conversation – at the same time lying to each other – on the edge of dark humor. But the wonderful reminder of what is at stake is always in the corner.
Edit in Newcomer Makes a nightmare moment in Mark’s narrative: the sudden cut often wakes the detective in sweat. This single father’s toll is clear, and well illustrated by Edgarton, but it is said in an Impressionist manner that does not fully explore his character. Nonetheless, you have a compliment left for the extraordinary work of the police that is usually hidden by its nature – and this quietly compelling insight will stay with you for a while.