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Review: Aussie Neo-Western 'Red Hill' Fails To Live Up To Its Promising Trailer

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 5, 2010 3:10 AM
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If there was one movie this year that this writer wanted to be fantastic, it was "Red Hill." The trailer focused on the strikingly beautiful cinematography, but gave little detail on the plot. For that, it seemed fishy, but those misgivings were swiftly buried by piles and piles of awe. It basically looked like "No Country For Old Men" set in Australia, and while there was no shot in it being anywhere near as brilliant as that, it still held the possibility of being a strong film. Reading the director's statement was even more promising, as Patrick Hughes seemed passionate not only about his movie, but about movies in general. Seemingly down-to-earth, there was a connection made after reading, maybe even an unspoken friendship, as weird as that sounds. Alas, all this did was instill a vague guilty feeling after the movie, as despite Hughes's enthusiasm and the fine visual aesthetic, "Red Hill" is a blatantly amateur work.

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