#SheReviews: The Cost Movie

October 1, 2023

The Cost is an intense, provoking Australian movie that pricks your conscience as two vigilante men plan the ultimate revenge for their wife/sister’s gruesome death. The perpetrator had been released from prison living a diffident life, believing he had served his time. But families never forget.

From the very beginning, multi-award-winning Australian director, writer and producer, Matthew Holmes captured us with his moralistic storyline that made me squirm in my seat.  

For some, the violent aspects may be confronting but necessary given the subject and story.

Would revenge be your ultimate healer or would the consequences of your actions make you no better than the offender himself?  

A morally complex, perfectly paced disturbing movie that leaves you feeling drained and wondering what you would have done if placed in a similar position. 

An excellent thought-provoking psychological film that explores, in particular, the male instincts. The characters are superbly portrayed by our top-notch Australian actors to the very end.

The Story

Filmed in Victoria, it is set over a gripping 48 hours, The Cost tells the story of two ordinary men David (Jordan Fraser-Trumble) and Aaron (Damon Hunter) who abduct a newly released felon Troy (Kevin Dee) who committed a horrific crime years before. 

Intent on delivering their brutal form of justice, David and Aaron come face-to-face with the man who destroyed their lives.

But will they succeed in their violent quest for justice – or will the true cost of vengeance prove too high?

It forces us to ask the age-old question, what is real justice? Is vigilantism ever justified? What would happen when moral citizens cross that line?

Directed by Matthew Holmes (Twin Rivers, The Legend of Ben Hall) and also starring Nicole Pastor (Ruby’s Choice, Freelance) and Clayton Watson (The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions).
Produced by Russell Cunningham (The Legend of Ben Hall), Adam La Rosa (Rage, Freelance) and Blake Northfield (Streamline, Escape & Evasion)

Main actors
Jordan Fraser-Trumble (David) (The Legend of Ben Hall (2017) and The Cult That Stole Children: Inside the Family (2016), West of Sunshine, Boundless, The Green Door, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Cost, Love, Tea & Epiphany due for release in 2024)
Damon Hunter (Aaron) (Blue Heelers, Underbelly, City Homicide and Neighbours, The Party Bus, plays one of three leads in the feature film, The Cost, The Legend of Ben Hall. Also, in true life a barrister, formerly a police officer & prosecutor)
Kevin Dee (Troy) (film debut Strange Bedfellows, Submerge, Wolf and Out of Order, The Cost, The Disappearance of Willie Bingham. Swallow Bodysurfe’, Hangry and Emma & the Barista, roles on New Gold Mountain, More Than This, Jack Irish, Lowdown, Winners & Losers, Neighbours and Underbelly – Squizzy)
Nicole Paster (Stephanie) (Freelance release later 2023, Box, The Crow, I Robot, Christmess, Book Week, Broke due for release 2023 and Ruby’s Choice, The Cost)) The Farmhouse, They Can’t Hear You is scheduled for early 2024)
Clayton Watson (Brian) (breakthrough performance as “The Kid” with Keanu Reeves, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, Kane, Ian Chappell in Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, Starting Blocks, The Cost)

Special Theatrical Screenings in Victoria. NSW and South Australia : 

Thursday Oct 5 – Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn VIC (6:30pm)

Friday Oct 6 – The Memo, Healesville VIC (7:00pm)

Sunday Oct 8 – Sun Theatre, Yarraville VIC (6:30pm)

Wednesday Oct 11 – Cameo Cinemas, Belgrave VIC (6:30pm)

Thursday Oct 12 – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine VIC (7:30pm)

Friday Oct 13 – Mecca Arts Centre, Warburton VIC (7:00pm)

Saturday Oct 14 – Wallis Cinemas, Mitcham S.A. (7:00pm)

Sunday Oct 15 – Cinema Nova, Carlton VIC (5:00pm)

Tuesday Oct 17 – Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Cremorne NSW (7:00pm)

Wednesday Oct 18 – Ritz Cinema, Randwick NSW (6:30pm)

Home Entertainment Release October 18

Available on DVD, Blu-ray and to rent on Digital/SVOD Platforms

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