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Red Hill follows young police officer Shane Cooper (Kwanten) as he relocates to the small country town of Red Hill with his pregnant wife Alice to start a family. But when news of a prison break sends the local law enforcement officers—led by the town’s ruling presence, Old Bill (Bisley)—into a panic, Shane’s first day on duty rapidly turns into a nightmare. Enter Jimmy Conway (Lewis), a convicted murderer serving life behind bars, who has returned to the isolated outpost seeking revenge. Now caught in the middle of what will become a terrifying and bloody confrontation, Shane will be forced to take the law into his own hands if he is to survive.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 64
- Fresh: 50
- Rotten: 14
- Average Rating: 6.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: As short on originality and sustained tension as it is long on striking widescreen vistas and impressive technical smarts.
Fresh: Under writer-producer-director-editor Patrick Hughes, the suspense level is high and the action constant.
Fresh: Powerful central performances drive this impressive Oz thriller which features death by boomerang.
Fresh: What an effective calling card for debut writer-director Patrick Hughes this is - if not for the Australian tourist board.
A cross between a poor man's "No Country for Old Men" and "Halloween". Incredibly poorly developed and equally poorly presented. It's the kind of movie that one watches out of pure spite. It is a total, and I mean total, waste of hard earned money.
Recommended only for the simple of mind and the easily entertaied!
For the Dingoes
The poorly constructed, simplistic, and cliche story that is Red Hill would be laughable, if not for its complete failure to create any excitement, which is to say: if not for its success in boring me into an all-out pause-a-thon*. The directing is adequate, but it really irritated me how Hughes went so far to copy the Coen brothers, especially their No Country for Old Men, which I didn't like much anyway, which explains why I HATED this movie: Nothing but a low-budget Aussie rip-off of that. You've got the silent--very ethnic--assassin. You've got hillbillies running around like decapitated poultry who spread shotgun shells as indiscriminately as Vegemite. And really the only departure from this Coen Bros. homage is Ryan Kwanten, who can not act to save his life. (Yes, I know. The ladies love him--for some reason that I will never-ever understand, BUT HE CAN'T ACT!) I love how poorly he conveys tension and fear when he's confronted, again and again, by nightmarish fear-of-God instances, e.g., when a crazy aboriginal is pointing a loaded gun at him, or when he discovers one of his coworkers has been disemboweled. Had a competent actor been put in his place, this movie may have been pretty decent. (Oh well, too late now for casting changes. Darn!)
*Pause-a-thon is any movie that is sooo bad that one is made more curious about bathroom breaks and snacks than the actual movie, and thus, is forced to put it on pause every 20 minutes or so.
P.S. To the director:
Go back to working with Ashley Tisdale. She's more on your "frequency," mate.
Absolutely the worst movie I've seen in years. Don't waste your money. No redeeming qualities.