By Scott Brown
Updated November 09, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Mark Brandon ”Chopper” Read was and is a lying, murderous psychopath. As played with calibrated explosiveness by hulking future Hulk Eric Bana, he also comes off as the least sadistic character in Chopper, a mad fantasia of spurting blood and sickly lit rooms, based on the celebrated Aussie convict’s life story. Ultimately, the film makes as little sense of Read as Read makes of the moral corrosion around him. But here’s to Bana for pulling off the seemingly impossible: He actually makes this guy look vulnerable, and possessed of a sad, feral dignity.