In his first feature film since the widely acclaimed Newsfront  director Phillip Noyce projects Sydney as a cauldron in which hapless individuals are scalded by big business, organized crime, lawyers, police and journalists, working in an unholy alliance.
Noyce’s chief protagonists are Richard Moir as a visionary young architect who has designed a $100 million residential complex, and Judy Davis as a radical activist in the forefront of the residents’ resistance to its construction.
In part, pic takes on the trappings of the conventional mystery-thriller, pointing to a conspiracy involving the project’s financial backer (Chris Haywood), his oily lawyer (John Gregg), Moir’s boss (Bill Hunter), a journalist (John Meillon), and union official (Dennis Miller).
Davis, a formidable actress, wrestles with her ambiguous and enigmatic character, and does not quite jell. Moir, however, is a strong, sustaining force as the arrogant, moody, idealistic architect.