Well Go USA imports from Down Under on Oct. 14 DVD and Blu-ray editions of writer/director Ivan Sen’s murder/mystery thriller, Mystery Road.
Nominated for Best Picture at this past year’s AFI Awards (Australian Film Institute) and winner of the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards for Best Picture, Mystery Road delivers everything we have come to expect from well-made Australian films.
A teenage girl — an Aboriginal girl at that — has been murdered and left for the dingos to feed on along the remote A2 highway that meanders through the outback of Queensland (filmed in and around the hamlet of Winton … which is pretty much in the middle of nowhere). Returning home after a stint in the “big city” is detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen), a half-caste, who doesn’t really belong to either “side,” but he is nevertheless assigned the case.
With stunning landscapes (think: No Country For Old Men) and hostility at every turn, Swan sets about to solve this whodunit. There will be drugs, crime, hookers and his own police compatriots to contend with … throw in an ex-wife (Tasma Walton) and an estranged daughter — who seems connected to the murder — and you have all the makings of a first class crime drama.
The third act features a shootout like none other. It’s very Aussie; very cool!
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