I'm surprised by the negative responses to this film, particularly one rag that called it the worst film of its year. Even worse, several Australians are down on it. Well, this is actually a most fine film, with shades of "High Plains Drifter", a small town modern western that maintains intrigue and delivers the big moments. In short, a promising debut from Patrick Hughes. Filmed in my home state, Victoria.
As an homage to westerns, this Aussie thriller doesn't stray too far from convention - it boasts a predictable revenge story and the most painfully moronic townsfolk. That being said, it is shot quite beautifully at times and the small town setting was perfect. It successfully paid its respect to the western genre while throwing in quite a bit of carnage. All in all, an entertaining little film.
Visually stylish but tries too hard to deliver blunt exploitation violence and emotional sincerity, thereby falling short in both. Treads very heavily in hillbilly stereotypes while giving us a mute, avenging aboriginal counteractively comes off as the most racist portrait in the film. Hackneyed symbolism aside, it's a nifty little B western--just don't take it as serious as it takes itself.
Tonally interesting and featuring a very good Ryan Kwanten, this confused Australian genre pic falls short in the end due to its predictable storyline and willingness to go the urban legend route without much thought for authenticity. The racial debate is one that should be investigated in Australian cinema more so it is interesting that Hughes has done it in this way but it doesn't quite work for all its efforts.
A fine, straightforward present day Aussie western/revenge flick. By no means a great movie, but certainly a solid genre entry - almost '70s-like in its stripped down matter-of-factness. Even better, the revenge element never devolves into the nihilistic gorefest every other revenge movie these days seem to wallow in, and that alone gets it on my good side. A thumb up for Red Hill!
"Death has come to your little town, Sheriff." Dieses Zitat aus John Carpenters "Halloween" könnte sich auch in Patrick Hughes' "Red Hill" wiederfinden, diesem aufs Wesentliche konzentrierten, kleinen australischen Neo-Western-Thriller mit Slasher-Anklängen. Leider hatte Kinowelt nicht den Schneid, den Film nach der 2010er Berlinale in die Kinos zu bringen, sondern ihn nur auf DVD und Blu-ray zu veröffentlichen.
A poor attempt of a western. The film started really nicely, great cinematography, locations and a good story set up, it then started moving at a very slow pace and even in the midst of the action sequences it didn't pick up. I didn't feel a character arc, the acting was fine but the main character wasn't active enough for me and found myself looking at the time wondering when the movie was going to end.