Set in Western Australia, Rams follows two brothers named Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton). While the men are located on farms directly side by side to each other, they have been at war with one another for years. They also refuse to speak to each other. Colin and Les are both passionate about breeding beautiful rams. After the two enter a competition for the best Ram, Colin makes a haunting discovery which ends up becoming much more severe than he could ever imagine. Colin and Les learn about a rare and horrible illness which threaten their livestock. Soon health authorities have orders to remove every sheep from all the farms within the area. But Colin and Les are forced to come together and hopefully resolve their family matters along the way.
Rams, to my surprise, is a drama film. As a plot, it’s quite a tragic journey for Colin and Les. The film’s opening is relatively positive as we witness the feud between both men and understand the horrible past the two share. We also see the two being competitive as the two attempt to get their Ram to win the major prize.
Performances from Sam Neill and Michael Caton are great, with Sam Neill being the more significant highlight. Sam Neill brings such a great range of emotion to the screen. You can feel him making hard choices about his sheep and it is pleasing watching how he deals with his older brother. The film is shot well, and the movie’s audio track is also pleasing with zero complaints.
The film has a heavy focus on the two leads and their feud. I was slightly disappointed by this. There is a significant focus on our leading characters arguing with each other, but the film spends very little time wrapping up towards a more favourable resolution between them. The film’s love interest feels forced, and the film’s villain has been written way over the top.
Overall, as an Australian drama film, Rams is quite pleasing. It’s a heartfelt story about two men who have spent a long time fighting with each other and now have no choice but to work together to save their beautiful livestock. While the story is a heartfelt one, I wish the film spent more time focusing on its heartfelt finale instead of spending far too much time showing the brothers’ feud. Either way, as an Australian film, it’s a positive film, and unlike anything I’ve seen yet.
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