A brooding, slow-burning Aussie Western as gritty and uncompromising as the outback. Skillfully directed with particularly impressive camera work that alternates exclusively between hot and dusty daytime and glowing, beautiful twilight. The performances were restrained, but compelling, and the story was nothing particularly new but still simmered with intensity. All in all, an excellent noir-steeped Western.
I wanted to watch the new TV series, so I thought I'd go and get some of the back story. Aaron Pedersen is tremendous. The supporting cast is great, too. Hugo may have had the toughest role as he has to go into that grey area. Special mention for the cinematography which was quite effective.
A plodding, incredibly dull film with a predictable storyline, flat scenes and characters I just didn't care about. It was lovely to see Jacki Weaver redeem herself after the abomination of a performance in Last Cab to Darwin. I miss Toomelah era Sen 2 stars
Hormis une spectaculaire séquence de fusillade et une solide interprétation d'Aaron Pedersen, dans le rôle principal, on ne retient rien de marquant dans cette œuvre finalement fort quelconque, manquant de rythme, d'enthousiasme, de nervosité, un ensemble souvent soporifique, comme assoupi par la torpeur environnante... www.cinefiches.com
Great genre picture somehow elevated by the interesting protagonist and a director who is as much concerned with a sense of place and of atmosphere as much as the plot. Has an impending air of dread in the same way as No Country For Old Men.
Beautiful and brooding. Mystery Road is the dirt under the fingernails of Peckinpah if he had directed Paris, Texas. The intrenched racism and stoic blind-eyes are akin to Wake In Fright or In The Heat Of Night coupled with the bleak performances that still prove that White Australia has a 'black' history. Mystery Road continues to prove how vital Antipodean cinema is and this particular piece will stand the test.