Red Hill

Film, Thrillers
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
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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.


Release details

Release date:
Friday May 13 2011
97 mins

Cast and crew

Patrick Hughes
Ryan Kwanten
Claire van der Boom

Average User Rating

1.9 / 5

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

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.