Red Hill review: Boomerang killer returns to a well-trodden path


Red Hill review: Boomerang killer returns to a well-trodden path

Red Hill: Boomerang killer returns to a well-trodden path

1:40 AM on 13th May 2011

Verdict: Encouraging Aussie thriller-Western

Rating: 3 Star Rating

This modern Australian Western is no High Noon, but represents a solid first effort from writer-director-producer-editor Patrick Hughes.

Ryan Kwanten (from TV’s True Blood) stars as a young cop newly arrived in the Aussie mountains, where he’s hoping to find peace for himself and his young, pregnant wife (Claire van der Boom).

Refreshing: It makes a change to see a serial killer who

Refreshing: It makes a change to see a serial killer who”s handy with a boomerang and an assegai.

But that’s reckoning without a mysterious beast savaging livestock, unfriendly locals with a severe sense-of-humour deficiency, and an escaped Aborigine convict (Tom E. Lewis, left) bent on decimating the local population.

The themes of revenge and racism stray close to cliche, and the politically correct twist is spotted easily.

Still, it’s a well-crafted thriller. And it makes a change to see a serial killer who’s handy with a boomerang and an assegai.