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Language: English
Category: Movie / Thriller / Western
Original Title: Red Hill
Director: Patrick Hughes
Writers: Patrick Hughes
Released: 2010
Duration: 1h 35min
Video type: Movie
A young police officer must survive his first day's duty in a small country town.


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Kwanten Ryan Kwanten - Shane Cooper
Steve Bisley Steve Bisley - Old Bill
Tommy Lewis Tommy Lewis - Jimmy Conway (as Tom E. Lewis)
Claire van der Boom Claire van der Boom - Alice Cooper
Christopher Davis Christopher Davis - Slim
Kevin Harrington Kevin Harrington - Jim Barlow
Richard Sutherland Richard Sutherland - Manning
Ken Radley Ken Radley - Earl
John Brumpton John Brumpton - Rex
Cliff Ellen Cliff Ellen - Gleason
Jim Daly Jim Daly - Ted
Dom Phelan Dom Phelan - Ken
Eddie Baroo Eddie Baroo - Willy
Tim Hughes Tim Hughes - Micky Carlin
Ken Connley Ken Connley - Joseph Carlin

Australia has no Panthers. There is an urban legend stating that a panther escaped from a travelling circus, and fled into the woods. There have been several sightings and even a footprint found, but no concrete evidence of a panther has ever been found.

Tommy Lewis shot to fame over 30 years earlier in Fred Schepisi's The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978). His character here is essentially a continuation of Blacksmith.

Several AAA Hollywood actors and actresses have stated that this movie is their favourite or one of the favourite Australian films.

Shot over a period of four weeks.

Tommy Lewis has just one line of dialogue in the entire film.

It was such a cold shoot that half the cast wore wetsuits underneath their costumes.

For the scene where the panther enters the barn, there was of course no panther as it was a CGI creation. Instead director Patrick Hughes got down on his hands and knees to give Ryan Kwanten something to react to.

The panther that formed the basis for the CGI creation in the film was also used in Настоящая кровь (2008), which also stars Ryan Kwanten.

The production didn't have a rain machine so the local fire brigade was paid in beer to hold a hose over the scene being filmed.

Most of the cars used in the film were bought cheaply off eBay.

Privately financed for just $700,000, the film was shot and edited before the producers started touting it around for distribution.

Reviews: [25]

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    Red Hill could best be described as an Australian take on the American Western. It centres on a young policeman who moves to a remote town to work with the local police department. The town is immediately laid under siege by an escaped Aboriginal convict who appears to have a grudge against the local police officers and their lackeys. Dark secrets from the past are gradually revealed.

    This is a very well put together film. Cinematography, music and acting are all of a very high calibre. Ryan Kwanten is particularly good as the young policeman with insecurities and fears of his own; Kwanten makes for a very likable lead and injects some moments of humour into the suspenseful narrative. Tommy Lewis is also highly memorable as Jimmy Conway, the silent escaped convict with grimly burned face. The Australian landscape is captured nicely and the score compliments proceedings well.

    It has to be said that the storyline is a little predictable. There isn't really anything overly new here. But this is not a significant problem as it really is a very well put together film. It's a solid thriller, and along with Wolf Creek proves that the Australian film industry is more than capable of delivering superior product in this genre. This one is well worth your time.
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    Shane Cooper has just moved to the small town of Red Hill. On his first day as a constable, he must try to stop a very dangerous convict who just escaped and is coming back in town for unfinished business.

    In a nutshell, this is Red Hill and those few lines alone are sufficient to understand this plot contains classic western elements. Director Patrick Hughes seems to understand the genre very much and seamlessly blends it to the somewhat modern context.

    Taken as a very serious film, Red Hill might not score very high but thankfully, Hughes doesn't take it too seriously and has written a smart script that has great ingredients and builds up the tension gradually. His direction is likewise efficient, mixing contemplative scenes with straight up action/thriller. Overall, it's got some mood to it while never forgetting it's first and foremost a piece of entertainment.

    At the heart of the film are the main characters. Hughes doesn't offer much exposition for and still succeeds in giving a lot of life to most of them. This is in part good writing and direction but also due to the very talented cast. Ryan Kwanten stars as young constable Shane Cooper and he conveys very well the "main hero" vibe by being human and vulnerable rather than just a squeaky clean superhero. Steve Bisley plays Bill, his boss who represents the law in town and pretty much seems to run it. Bisley is amazing to watch and steals many of the scenes he is in with great charisma and a domineering personality. When he talks, people listen. Finally, Tommy Lewis plays Jimmy Conway, the convict on the loose. Lewis succeeds in giving his character a brutal, menacing aura without uttering a single word, which I find very impressive.

    One of the very impressive element of Red Hill is the stunning music score. Absolutely wonderful work by Dmitri Golovko, who has very few credits to his name. The script shifts through different tones and moods and Golovko is always right on target, never overdoing it. Expect to hear more from this guy in the future.

    Despite all the praise, Red Hill is not perfect. The surrounding characters in the story (other officers of the law, various citizens and Cooper's wife) are too sketchy. The cinematography is cool but few scenes are really memorable and absolutely nothing will make your jaw drop. The action scenes range from "pretty cool" to "lacking". The western genre is cleverly revisited and transposed to our times but Hughes doesn't bring anything new at all. What you have a cool film that partly reminded me of classic Walter Hill movies. I wish Hughes had given just another pass to his script, fleshing out some characters and situations just a little more and given slightly more thought to some scenes, including the conclusion which I feel was slightly anti-climactic the way it was shot.

    But if you're a fan of classic western or old school action thrillers that do not sacrifice a smart script just to string one action scene after another there is no doubt Red Hill should at least entertain you. Australian cinema keeps on expanding in all directions and I keep on loving it!

    For his first full feature, Patrick Hughes has done very well and I am looking forward to more films written and/or directed by him.
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    Red Hill follows a police officer who recently transferred from the city to the rural town of Red Hill for the health of his pregnant wife. On his first day, however, an escaped convict threatens the apparent peace in the town.

    I loved this movie. The camera work was excellent,the town's characters had-character, and the tense sections were pulled off just right. The main direction the movie would take was discernible early on, but I never knew what would happen next. It played like a western and had a wonderful small town feel.

    I would recommend this movie to anyone. It was gripping, fun, and had touching moments. Excellent!
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    I have to say when I downloaded this flick I totally wasn't expecting to be blown away like I was. It doesn't matter that the movie uses a familiar premise because they do it with unbelievable style. A young City sheriff and his wife are expecting a baby. The youngster decides to leave the City for a more relaxed cushy job in the Australian countryside. All is well and the small town appears to be a peaceful place until a local murderer with a nasty revenge streak blasts his way out of prison. Old scars are reopened with a vengeance in this Western Chiller. I won't go any further, but I just loved the badass Conway in this. Bearing a small resemblance to Charles Bronson he never says a word and still is one of the is the scariest people you will ever encounter in film.

    If you liked No country for old me, I would highly recommend this movie. Actually I recommend it anyway. Check it out. Its a doosie:)
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    When Kane Hodder says, this is the best movie that ran on Frightfest (Festival in London), you don't argue with him. Well not to his face that is. Unless Freddy's got your back ... Seriously though: This movie is very fine crafted and has not only a great ambiguous feeling about it, it has also great performances.

    You may know where this is heading, because the hints are very obvious, but get them or not, I don't think that should matter much. I do think that you can enjoy the movie either way. It is violent and it is very dark and bleak too. But it also has a counterbalance to all that. The reason Kane Hodder liked the movie? Because it has one of the greatest villains in it (and coming from Kane, that says something)

    Edit: Of course Kane meant best movie besides Hatchet 2 (the latter being his real favorite), that was shown at the Festival too.
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    For quite some time now, amongst the 1000's of movies I have watched, I noticed a certain ennui to my movie watching, as other people have said, this has been done before, most notably in American westerns. The wronged man comes back to reap his vengeance on the evil-doers. If this had been strictly formulaic and badly acted and filmed i would not have seen it all the way through to the ending. However, I was pleasantly entertained, I don't think it was too obvious a plot, it had me guessing for a while. The escaped convict looked suitably elemental and Ryan Kwanten as the young cop on his first bloody day in the outback played it well. Yes, there were some strange parts to the movie, although I just found the inclusion of the wild animal an amusing aside, and not to be taken too seriously. The score was good, the atmosphere was suitably bleak and a lot of it filmed at night to add to the tension. I think people expect too much these days, no this was not Unforgiven, but for a low budget movie out of Australia I thought this was a good remake of the classic revenge western. Certainly worth a viewing if you love westerns, or if you like revenge plots. For a Sunday afternoon, you could do a whole lot worse.
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    Cherry The Countess

    I tried to like this film but it requires too much suspension of disbelief. First and foremost the lead character "Shayne" survives falling off a cliff and ends up with innumerable injuries. We see him profusely bleeding along the waistline. He ends up walking long distances while injured yet still has the ability to run like a rabbit when gunfire erupts. There also seems to be a problem with most of the armed men in this movie as they never take a shot at the heavy even when they have the element of surprise with them. One poor bastard even squeezes off 6 shots at a distance of 15 feet and never hits the heavy. Add to the mix that although this film happens in a small rural Aussie town, aside from the few principals, nobody else is ever seen. Keep in mind that automatic gun fire, car wrecks and explosions are occurring right in the middle of Main Street but nobody even goes to a window to see that is happening. There is talk of "a big storm brewing" but aside from the allegory to the story it fails to materialize. I guess all the town folk are hold up waiting for the big storm to blow over. Cliché after cliché leads to an ending you can see coming from the beginning of the film. A real letdown.
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    I have watched thousands of films over the years and I am not saying this was the best film I have ever seen but it was so good I registered just to review it.

    Most of this thriller is set at night, which makes it very edgy and atmospheric. The acting is top notch, good characters and a strong storyline.

    It is the story of a young cop who transferred to a quiet Australian town to alleviate the stress on his pregnant wife who previously suffered a miscarriage. On his first day at the office an escaped convict comes to town, intent on bloody revenge.

    An excellent film all round.
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    Lonesome Orange Kid

    There are a couple of times when there's what I judge an unnecessary jump in the plot line to accommodate something improbable in an otherwise realistic situation. They're minor flaws that actually brought a smile to my face rather than a groan, but they seem a little out of place even though this is an Australian film and they're famous for that kind of inclusion.

    It didn't ruin my evening but it would have improved the film to have passed on them. This is an easily understood plot: a cop needs to get to a peaceful town in order that his wife can successfully carry their baby. Naturally, things go wrong his first day when a convicted murderer heads to the remote town to wreak havoc on his accusers. There little flashy gunplay or inspirational heroics, but the film will grow on you because it's very human and understandable.

    All roles are artfully rendered by the cast and there's the constant feeling that you are there in a remote but beautiful area of Australia.
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    I don't expect everything to be realistic in a movie but if there are tons of scenes which don't make any sense at all, it gets extremely boring.

    1) The bad guy and our "hero" are targeting each other with rifles and both don't shoot until the good guy falls off the cliff without breaking a single bone.

    2) Main opponent is messing around with the jukebox and then taking his time to load his shotgun but the grandpa hiding behind him was probably too old to remember how to pull his rifle's trigger where he had lots of time on his hands.

    3) The bad guy is about to get sniped but for some reason he manages to turn around in the right moment and actually kill the sniper with a clean shot using his normal gun from a long distance. I guess he could smell him hidden on the roof at night..

    4) Another scene where one of the locals who hits the bad guy with his car shoots like six times at him without hitting. He was standing maybe 2-3 meters away from him. Come on ...

    I could go on pointing out more silly scenes which range from the sheriff punching a wounded policeman instead of trying to help him to some black panther popping up out of nowhere and dragging off a dead guy.

    Speaking of the "badass" sheriff.. he is being introduced as some tough alpha male yelling at everyone and giving out orders but once he faces the criminal, he doesn't hesitate a second to run away like a sissy.

    Also I was surprised that Shane Cooper didn't seem to care much about his pregnant wife until the end of the movie. He is standing in front of her, half dead, looking like one of those zombies from Romero's movies covered with blood and telling her that it's just a scratch. Obviously his wife believes him..

    Last but not least, 68 minutes into the movie, one of the main characters asks the sheriff "What the hell is going on here?". Something I have been asking myself from the moment on where this aborigine guy popped up in the news on TV and started to kill most of the armed locals.
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    The trailer for Red Hill had me curious, but it turns out it's really bad. Essentially, Red Hill wants to be an Australian No Country For Old Men, but just fails to pull it off.

    There is no story to speak of for the majority of the movie, then when it finally decides to arrive you really wish it hadn't. A simple revenge flick quickly becomes saturated with boring scenes, plot holes, gaffes, and bad writing (including but not limited to panthers).

    Acting is abysmal all round, most notably Ryan Kwanten in the lead as Shane Cooper, and Kevin Harrington as Slim also gets a special mention. Tommy Lewis as Jimmy Conway could have been replaced by a statue, as he doesn't move, blink, or even attempt acting at any point. In any event, the actors were largely hindered by meagre dialogue and poor direction.

    Director Patrick Hughes stole everything in this production (lighting, music, etc.) from about three other films. Red Hill is entirely unoriginal and cliché in every possible way. Having said that, Hughes has not stitched a few films together to make something entertaining or... watchable, but a boring mess encouraging you to check your watch frequently.

    A western set in Australia. I like the idea, but bloody hell, mate...
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    Red Hill is written and directed by Patrick Hughes. It stars Ryan Kwanten, Steve Bisley, Tom E. Lewis and Claire van der Boom. Music is by Dmitri Golovko and cinematography by Tim Hudson.

    Young city cop Shane Cooper (Kwanten) gets a transfer to Red Hill, a place he hopes is a quiet enough town for himself and his pregnant wife to successfully raise a family. But his arrival at work coincides with the escape from prison of aborigine Jimmy Conway (Lewis), who is heading into town with revenge firmly on his mind.

    Jimmy Conway has escaped and he's bringing hell into town.

    Utterly splendid Neo-Western out of Australia. For his feature film debut, Patrick Hughes has crafted a loving homage to the Western genre whilst also imbuing his film with its own suspenseful blood. Blending Ozploitaton thriller values with Western genre staples of the past, Red Hill unspools on narrative terms as a gritty and rugged revenge piece.

    Red Hill the town is fronted by gruff sheriff Old Bill (Bisley), he leads a pack of scuzzy characters who consider it their town and god help anyone who stands in their way. Into this maelstrom comes fresh faced Shane Cooper (yes the name is Alan Ladd and High Noon purposely spliced together), a genuine and honest copper harnessing a tragedy as well as a moral code that's not for shaking.

    After quickly finding out that Old Bill is lacking in human graces, Shane finds himself coming face to face with Conway, who is all the horsemen of the apocalypse rolled into one. Face badly scarred and adorned with weapons and duster, Conway seems to have supernatural resources to go with his expert tracking skills and knowledge of the surrounding outback terrain (so think High Plains Drifter & Chato's Land then).

    How come, though, that as he callously goes about killing off members of the scuzzy crew, each time he meets up with Shane, who is in full tilt survival mode, Conway refuses to kill Shane? And just what is that symbolic Panther doing stalking the edges of the landscape? One and the same, perhaps? It will of course all be revealed, and in truth it's no great surprise, the beauty is in how Hughes has toyed with our perceptions about Conway, this in turn makes for a cracker-jack finale.

    Performances are superbly in tune with the material, Cooper, Lewis and Bisley really manage to steer their respective characters away from being histrionic or cartoonish. Musically it features stabs of delightful grungy rock blending in with Golovko's mournfully ironic score. The widescreen photography is most interesting, in that there's often smart shifting between a washed out palette to emphasise the remoteness of the setting, to opened up capturing of the beautiful vistas (filmed on location in Omeo, Victoria). The Blu-ray is a must for anyone interested in the film.

    The sparse location is matched by sparse dialogue, there is no need for extraneous conversations or pointless filler, Hughes knows what he is doing. It's made with love and respect to one of the finest of film genres, and hooray to that! 8/10
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    The plot was too cheesy and predictable.

    The spaghetti western theme and lone wolf-bad guy story line could have been much more interesting.

    There were so many people who could have easily taken the bad guy out, but didn't for various lame reasons.

    There was one scene where the bad guy gets hit by a car, and doesn't even have a scratch on him. Then in the the same scene, some hapless victim unloads all of his bullets into the bad guy from about 8 feet - and MISSES!!!! C'mon now.

    My wife and I gave the movie about 30 minutes and gave up.

    It was too bad since we both enjoy Ryan Kwanten in True Blood.
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    I saw this about 5 or so years ago and I still remember it. I thought it was a great film especially as it's a low budget film set in some small, dust bowl town. Good characters and not too over the top. I definitely recommend this film and anyone who likes to support the small movie makers will love this. Sometimes Hollywood dictates how films are made with all of the guns, bombs, serial killers, explosions and cold hearted killers. This does have a little of each but it's done with moderation and I think it works.
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    At the outset, I think reviewers should be careful about detailing the plot, unless they've indicated spoilers. By the time the film ends, it's nothing you've expected, even after the first hour of the film. In fact you may even want to skip this review until after you've seen it.

    This is a film about a young police office and his wife moving from the city to the outback, with the promise of a more relaxed setting to live and work.

    What follows is a clash of cultures and personalities, set amidst the premise of action and suspense, but ultimately adding up to much more.

    Lost in the on-target acting (look up who the chief of police was after watching the film, if you haven't placed him, you'll be surprised), harsh and beautiful scenery, and well-suited music, is a patient hand in the director's chair, that results in a payoff that which leave you breathless. Not to be missed.
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    This movie screams out! In one scene our "hero" is carrying a wounded man on his shoulders through the town at night while trying to evade the "villain". Does he walk in the shadows? Of course not! He walks down the centre of a well lit street....

    In another scene a character fires his rifle straight up into the air.. And the bullet ricochets! And then for good measure he does it again, with the same result!

    And don't start me on the scene with the panther. I can't recall a more contrived scene!

    This film is riddled with errors like this. Save your money and see something else.
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    I watched this film partly based on the glowing reviews here. This movie is miscategorized by IMDb as a western/thriller. It is a horror film, and very bad. Every single cliché of the horror genre is shamefully reproduced here....

    Young naive guy from the city runs into troubles in the countryside. Villain is physically deformed. Assassinations take place at point blank range with orchestral music. Good guys cannot aim a weapon. Villain can shoot with perfect aim. The list goes on... About 45 min in, I realized it was not the western I had signed up for.

    This should not be compared to No Country just because there is a character who goes around killing people. The script is very weak and seems to be supported entirely by clichés of the horror genre.

    Those calling this a gem of Australian cinema ought to offer my Australian friends an apology.
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    As much as I love a good Australian movie, and one made in a small local town. I still can't form a good opinion of the movie.

    Saw this at an advance screening in Melbourne, whilst told the time was supposed to be 6:30pm, we all sat there up until 7pm with not knowing what was going on. A few people got fed up and actually left. When someone did come in to announce the movie and introduced Patrick Hughes and Ryan Kwanten, there was no apology for the long wait. I was even tempted to walk out.

    There seems to be a cross mix of what the actual movie is about, the 'western' undertones, the small town community. But, what REALLY didn't fit, was the story of the panther. Yes, there is a common myth that there is a panther or a large cat in the bushland. But it did not fit into the story at all ... At first I thought this was going to be an Australian Werewolf film (now, that I could've sunken my teeth into)

    Sorry, but I also must make another observation (or major flaw), the use of an Iridium 9505A satellite phone ... INDOORS! Yes, you MAY get signal standing directly in front of a window for a short period of time, but not enough to make an acceptable call.

    The movie did have a good plot to it, but it unfortunately had a few too many short comings.
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    Poor Steve Bisley. This is a man who has been acting for over 30 years and has given many great performances in such productions as The Big Steal, Frontline, Police Rescue and Mad Max. He must have really needed the cash. Of course he did, he's an actor in Australia. I can imagine him reading the script and thinking what a pile of clichéd turkey vomit. But hey, it will never get made, so what the hell, I'll say yes! Ahaha.

    Along comes Ryan Kwanten, with some recent international clout, who wants to help out his old mate, Patrick Hughes (why else would he agree?) who cannot get a feature film up. So presto, Hughes has this brilliant idea. He's seen No Country for Old Men and wants to do the exact same thing in Australia, coz we got the landscapes folks. A escaped convict rocks up (not that old one!) and starts killing dudes. What else do you need? Forget the subtext. What subtext?

    For the young international audiences that this film is obviously aimed at, they will immediately recognize aforementioned Coen Brothers gem and say this must be a western, having seen very few actual westerns. However, unlike most westerns, this has no decent story or characters, only one cliché piled on top of another.

    From the opening shots of the ridiculously pregnant looking wife (the talented but criminally underused Claire van der Bloom-The Pacific) it's pretty clear we're in trouble. The writer knows nothing about pregnancy (she doesn't need to hold her belly up with both hands) or country towns. No small country town in Australia has more than one cop let alone four and there are horses galore (what year is this?). The clichés have only just begun.

    Every rotten cliché you can imagine is used here. If you're going to pay 'homage' (the growing trend of ripping off past glories without a shred of the same level of character development), at least make the effort to get a decent script going. The concept alone is not enough. The locations are the best thing in this film but even they are not utilized to their potential. Hughes brings in good actors, but he gives them such garbage to work with that they really had little chance. The cinematographer attempts to capitalize but you get the feeling that Hughes (Writer, Director, Producer, Editor) wants it all his way. Consequently there is no one else to blame. This is truly terrible.

    For those who think otherwise, they need to go back and see what the Western is really all about; the isolation, the desperation, the will to survive in the new world, man against man and man against nature. Go back and look at the classic Westerns like Shane, High Noon, Sierre Madre, even the spaghetti westerns like Once Upon a Time in the West, or more recently Unforgiven and Dances with Wolves. Or for a really good Australian Western, check out The Proposition. You felt for these characters with everything seemingly weighed against them. Red Hill feels like it was written by a high school student. If it was a comedy/satire/exploitation, I could sympathize. It feels as though it would have worked better as a mock Western, because it is that terrible. But there was no over the top set pieces that let us laugh alongside, such as the ones present in those 70's/80's exploitation films. I certainly laughed a lot, but this was not the film's intent. More's the pity.

    The female quotient who watched this with me said she would give it an extra star had Kwanten taken his shirt off. While I didn't agree I did feel as though his abilities were left wanting with Red Hill's single dimensionality and lack of decent dialog.

    There's very little to say that is positive but I'll try. I commend anyone who can make a feature film. It's a very difficult process especially in a country such as Australia with little support or funding. Clearly without Ryan Kwanten, this would not have been made. At times it looks good but even the action is staged in copycat fashion. And I just didn't care about anyone. It's also feels insulting to aborigines. It's a tacked on piece of political correctness that just comes off as condescension. I just wish a different writer had been given a crack at it; there might have been a better film here. What we're left with is a Western pastiche, a multi cliché pancake, a showdown without a show.

    Maybe it should have been called Brown Hill instead, because that's all I could see.
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    A good film. for cinematography, story and performances. for preserve the rules and atmosphere of old fashion western. proposing a not new but well made story about past traces, revenge and a young officer in a small town front to its crime. one of good motifs for see "Red Hill" is the admirable job of Ryan Kwanten who gives a vulnerable, honest and brave character in precise details of each virtue. and that is the start point for enjoy a film proposing more than a story but being a pledge for small fundamental virtues defining us.
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    I forced myself to finish watching this movie. It's the old story of wronged man's revenge. Fine and good, but the unforgivable thing is this, I counted more than 20 times that the escapee could have been shot but these goofballs cant shoot (one guy missed 6 shots point blank! Another with a shotgun) Also, the cops are the clumsiest, and loudest fallers ever! The "star" (Jason Stackhouse) is a wuss who could have ended it all at the beginning but had no spine.

    Plot lines are unraveled, characters grow (sort-of) blah-blah-blah...

    Just learn to be quiet and shoot straight if you are going to have a gun and your town will be a safer and your movie will be more enjoyable.

    I give it 4 out of 10 "missed shots".
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    I just saw the movie and the director surprised me. It is slow but at the end you will have what you wanted out of a thriller in a small town movie.Watch the movie with no expectation and i am sure you will feel the movie by the end.

    The plot is simple yet director perfectly managed to pull essence out of it. He is smart enough to show the jaguar and the movie , those who can understand the movie can understand why director used jaguar and its killing spree, just have to relate that to people.

    Hoping to see more movies from this director kudos to him.

    I am going with 8/10.
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    I was very disappointed in this "Australian" movie with a County Sheriff and his band of sworn deputies running a posse to hunt down the baddie. The script was pure American, pretending to be set in Australia. I walked out after 45 minutes as it was so patently non-Australian I found it extremely annoying. Australia doesn't have elected sheriffs, it doesn't have sworn deputies, it doesn't have posses hunting felons. Gun laws in Australia (even before the Port Arthur massacre) made it very difficult to use hand guns, and handing out firearms (as it is was purported in an early scene) wouldn't happen in Australia. It got very thoroughly up my nose. The movie at the beginning set the town police officer as a Chief Inspector in a small "one horse town", it would have mostly likely have had a sergeant, or at most a senior sergeant. Police officers in Australia don't get involved in local politics, at least not whilst in uniform. If a copper was actively involving himself in the local politics as depicted, he would have found himself hauled over the coals, and probably sent back to a major regional centre to be monitored and censured. From an Australian perspective, it was unbelievable and nonsensical. It was too far gone for suspension of disbelief to kick in.

    The script should have been set somewhere in the US (probably Texas high country, but forgive my US geography). Had it been set there, I would probably have enjoyed the movie as it would have been in context. I suspect the movie was scripted to make it saleable in the US, possibly to become a tele-movie.
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    RED HILL – CATCH IT ( B+ ) Red Hill is a very engaging Western Style Australian Thriller. The movie keeps me on my toes with chilling unexpected action sequences & Ryan Kwanten. I think the director "Patrick Hughes" is really talented who presented the true nature of western classic touch on limited resources. Though, story wise it's an old revenge story seen hundred times but the fresh acting and sequences kept me captivated. Ryan Kwanten is such a treat to watch, this Jason Stackhouse is Indeed the Sexiest Australian Man Alive…. His Nakedness Heat up True Blood! In Red Hill he didn't shed any clothes (sad) but this fully clothed Ryan Kwanten is highly talented & proves here that he has some serious acting chops. All the other cast is unknown to me and everyone brought freshness to their characters. So Well Done! Overall, a very entertaining Western Ishtyle movie, which is full of chills & Suspense. Loved IT!
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    All the stock characters are there, including rookie with a past, hard-boiled boss, scary somewhat indestructible bad guy, and a town full of folks with incredibly bad shooting skills (miss 6 shots at point blank???) and poor judgement (bad guy is silhouetted in the door and you have a rifle, so just hide noisily???). And of course, about half-way through the movie you'll pretty much figure out the rest of story. Just very predictable. The characters, as I said, are no surprises. Not to say it was not a fun movie to watch, even if just to see that your original guess at the ending is correct (trust the force, Luke, it is what you think). Nice filming location, but sometimes the accents are a tad thick too (watched most of it with subtitles).