Red Hill

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Westerns

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Tue May 10 2011

If first-time writer-director Patrick Hughes’s bloody Outback western is a disappointment, that’s only because the set-up is so good. ‘True Blood’ star (and ‘Home and Away’ alumnus) Ryan Kwanten plays Shane Cooper, a fresh-faced city cop who accepts a small-town transfer to please his pregnant wife. But Shane’s first day doesn’t go smoothly: the local sheriff is a major hardass, his deputies are all rifle-toting redneck thugs and, to make matters worse, a notorious killer has escaped from jail and is headed home to exact revenge. For the first half-hour, Hughes gets it spot on: the performances are superb, the plot ticks along and the atmosphere is appropriately eerie and claustrophobic. But somewhere in the middle, ‘Red Hill’ loses its way, devolving into a tedious series of murky, tension-free shootouts and predictable plot twists. Hughes clearly has a future as a director as this is a tightly constructed, great looking film. But next time, he needs stronger material.
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UK release:

Fri May 13, 2011

Duration:

97 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Patrick Hughes

Cast:

Ryan Kwanten, Claire van der Boom

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Robert Thornton

Entertaining but sadly loses credibility and becomes rather silly which is a shame as it's quite unique with the Oz setting.

clitslop

What the hell was THAT?! this is one of the strangest films I've ever seen. Performances are all over the place; bursting with cliches from beginning to end; music so inappropriate and also cliched (at times) that it had me wondering near the end if I'd misunderstood the film and it was really a comedy; but it seems to be modelled on one of those Eastwood revenge Westerns - the music makes that plain - but with a touch of Freddy Kruger thrown in. It's hokum but with some wonderful photography and a very strange CGI panther. How many times can a hero with a stomach wound get knocked unconscious and pick up a heavily-overweight, dead colleague? Ryan Kwanten is a good lead but this is weird, strangely old-fashioned but with a script that's not well-enough fashioned. A sometimes bad film that is worth seeing.