Red Hill (Patrick Hughes, 2010) Ryan Kwanten, Steve Bisley, Tommy Lewis; western
On the basis of this tough and slickly told thriller writer/editor and director Patrick Hughes will go far. The plot isn't exactly original, embracing as it does themes from both Bad Day at Black Rock and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith - with Tom E. Lewis virtually reprising his role from Fred Schepisi's film; but after a deliberately slow start the film gradually builds the suspense and eventually explodes into very well-staged action.
Classically photographed for the Scope screen, the film is a cleverly conceived genre piece and centres on a star-making performance from Ryan Kwanten as the city cop who finds country life far from peaceful. Steve Bisley is also terrific as the tough as guts police chief. David Stratton, At the Movies.
Expendables 3, The (Patrick Hughes, pre-production 2013) Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes (all rumoured, except Stallone)
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