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      Red Hill

      R 2010 1 hr. 35 min. Action Mystery & Thriller List
      79% 68 Reviews Tomatometer 57% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score A rookie cop (Ryan Kwanten) must contend with an escaped murderer (Tom E. Lewis) who has come to town seeking revenge. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Apr 02 Buy Now

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      Though its attempts to rework genre conventions may fall flat with some, Red Hill is a beautifully shot, tightly paced thriller that marks a strong debut for director Patrick Hughes.

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      Alain M a b-movie with no real known actors and with a slow pacing and bad acting Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 07/21/23 Full Review Stephen A Ludicrous direction and ridden with nonsense situations. Don't waste your time.. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 07/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Great film. Hasn't dated. Kwanten and Bisley both put in strong performances. Lewis was fantastic as the revengeful murderer, out to settle a score, with his one line of dialogue in the final minutes lending his character a Terminator type quality. It was well paced, but had moments of clichéd Wild West elements that didn't quite work. I'd still recommend it though. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review isaac m Red Hill is an amazing Australian movie that shows the main protagonist having to face a tough decision of either helping the prisoner or killing him under the orders of his superior officer. I love the acting, production design, cinematography and action scenes. The writing does seem a bit average in some standards. Overall, Red Hill has good potential as a Neo-Western classic. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review ronald h The Australian western / thriller "Red Hill" is so loaded with clichés, at first I thought it was a satire: 1) A new, idealistic young cop (with a beautiful pregnant wife) comes to a small town and has to deal with the grizzled old sheriff, who is not afraid to bend the rules to implement his own vigilantism. 2) An escaped convict returns to the town to kill everybody who testified against him. 3) Lots of horses. 4) Lots of grisly violence. 5) Lots more horses. 6) Lots more violence. It's pure action, with virtually no character development. But the production values and acting are actually quite good. Ryan Kwanten plays Shane, the new cop in town. Steve Bisley devours the scenery as Old Bill the police chief (a poke at the British?), who has an agenda that doesn't become clear until the final act. The convict, Jimmy, is played by Tommy Lewis, with his face half-scarred by burns (we don't find out why until the last minutes of the film). He is totally mute until the end, when he says a final few words. All three performances are good enough to make you forgive the clichés and follow the story, thin as it may be. This may also be the first movie to feature a murder using a boomerang. I ultimately decided that there was a bit of a satirical element here, but the movie plays it straight for the most part. Not that there isn't any story (and backstory); there's just not a lot to it. But action fans will be impressed. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Fantastically tense. A likeable protagonist who gets thrown in the deep end. The filmmakers walk a tightrope and manage to turn things around by the end of the film. The alternate ending from the dvd version is superior to the cinematic ending, which is why I didn't give it the full 5. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Philip French Guardian The movie is extremely well staged and the young hero's dramatic lineage is established by his resonant name - Shane Cooper. Jun 14, 2011 Full Review Kim Newman Empire Magazine Powerful central performances drive this impressive Oz thriller which features death by boomerang. Rated: 3/5 May 13, 2011 Full Review Derek Malcolm London Evening Standard The film just about transcends its abundant clichs. It's Coen Brothers lite but made with some panache. Rated: 3/5 May 13, 2011 Full Review Ed Travis Hollywood Jesus A revenge flick with a heart of innocent gold, Red Hill will entertain and provoke you to consider how your past impacts your future reality. Apr 6, 2020 Full Review C.H. Newell Father Son Holy Gore The age old trope of Cowboys and Indians is transformed into a vessel for the rage of Indigenous people who've been colonised since the day the British set foot in Australia. Rated: 4.5/5 May 1, 2019 Full Review Abbie Bernstein Assignment X Red Hill doesn't set up its foreshadowing as well as it might, but overall, it works as a tale of places where the West, for good and ill, is still alive. Rated: B Feb 19, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A rookie cop (Ryan Kwanten) must contend with an escaped murderer (Tom E. Lewis) who has come to town seeking revenge.
      Director
      Patrick Hughes
      Executive Producer
      Greg McLean, Craig McMahon, Rob Galluzzo
      Screenwriter
      Patrick Hughes
      Production Co
      Screen Australia, Wildheart Films
      Rating
      R (Strong Bloody Violence|Language)
      Genre
      Action, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 16, 2012
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $21.0K
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