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  • Summary: Young police officer Shane Cooper 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 - into a panic, Shane's first day on duty rapidly turns into a nightmare. Enter Jimmy Conway, a convicted murderer serving life behind bars, who returns 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. A taut thriller which unfolds over the course of a single day and night, and told with explosive action and chilling violence, "Red Hill" is a modern-day western played out against the amazing landscapes of high-country Australia. (Arclight Films) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Nov 4, 2010
    90
    Like the best westerns, Red Hill is a stripped-down morality tale; like the best horror movies, its true monsters remain cloaked until the final reel.
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nov 3, 2010
    75
    A serving of "True Blood's" Ryan Kwanten in his native accent is the chief selling point of this picturesque, contentedly imitative Australian Western/thriller/Coen-brothers homage, the feature debut of writer-director Patrick Hughes.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Nov 4, 2010
    70
    Commendably entertaining.
  4. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Nov 5, 2010
    63
    Under writer-producer-director-editor Patrick Hughes, the suspense level is high and the action constant.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 3, 2010
    60
    When the movie keeps its focus on retribution and Rambo-esque ambushes, however, this slice of Ozploitation doles out grind-house pleasures by the dozens.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Nov 4, 2010
    50
    The problem is that Hughes fails to imbue this homage with anything personal. Aside from splicing together a policier and a Western, there's no spin here, just a checklist of clich├ęs.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Nov 2, 2010
    40
    It's clear that Hughes knows his Midnight Oil, but he's ignorant of the craft of economic action filmmaking. However arguably noble his film's intent to redress historical grievance, a poorly filmed shoot-out is never more than exactly that.

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  1. Jan 19, 2012
    9
    a really good independent thriller/modern-western. but beware it is a slow movie, don't expect a fast action shoot-em-up movie. the best movie i can compare it to is the american, if you liked that you'll like this. Ryan Kwanten does a really good job (it was fun to see him play someone other than jason stackhouse), the story is intriguing, and the direction is good. not for everyone, but still a good movie. 94% Expand

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