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Acolytes (2011)


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Teenagers Mark (Sebastian Gregory) and James (Joshua Payne) are victims of Gary Parker (Michael Dorman), a local thug not much older than them who has brutalised and abused them all their lives. In their last year of high school, James and Mark find a way to stop being victims. They're going to kill Gary... -- (C) IFC Midnight

Jul 28, 2009

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When Edgerton's killer begins to toy with (Sebastian Gregory's) Mark, it's like watching a cat play with a mouse - it's sad but you don't really care. Let the cat have his fun...

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source:

Cleverly twisted, gut-wrenching Aussie thriller.

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex

The performances from the young cast are a tad bland, but director Jon Hewitt infuses his low-budget genre jolter with just enough menace as it powers towards an effective, if predictable, climax.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

The bleak suburban setting and the mischievous, if somewhat downbeat adolescent lead characters recall Gus Van Sant's oeuvre, though Hewitt doesn't achieve anywhere near the same degree of nuance.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

A requisite number of gory, slashing, scream-filled moments raise the heartbeat as kids chase killers, and the killers chase kids. What's missing is a freshness of purpose, and the conviction of motive. You know, the important stuff.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Unfortunately, after a strong first half, the film degenerates into some messily unconvincing blood-letting which might attract devotees of the genre but which is disappointingly conventional given what's come before.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Comment (1)
At the Movies (Australia)

A combo of psychological thriller and bloody chiller... a superior piece of genre filmmaking

April 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

...maddeningly uneven...

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Acolytes

From the 2008 Screamfest List. Cool things about a lot of these movies on different film festivals is that in most cases they have films that one would normally miss. And I am glad I found this hidden gem. What I thought by reading a film review was that I was in for another teeny bobber film, it was far from that. A well written film with tons of suspense and a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. Well worth the watch and I will add to my collection. 4 1/2 stars.
July 12, 2011
Bruce Bruce

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I was totally engrossed by the first hour of this Aussie thriller before it sadly ran out of ideas. Director Jon Hewitt creates some brilliant atmosphere while cinematographer Mark Pugh puts together stunning compositions. The most obvious influence is Tarkovsky, especially in an elaborate homage to the kiss over a ditch in "Ivan's Childhood".
Joel Edgerton is great as the moustachioed serial killer blackmailed by teenagers out of their depth.
For fans of brooding atmosphere only.
April 30, 2012
The Movie Waffler

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Lean, mean, and twisty tale of teens in trouble.
October 26, 2008

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