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.
Enjoyable and entertaining noir/western thriller. It might not win any awards for originality but it still works well and keeps things engaging throughout. I thought that Kwanten did a good job as Cooper and support cast was decent.
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!