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Red Hill (2010)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 64
Fresh: 50 | Rotten: 14

Though its attempts to rework genre conventions may fall flat with some, Red Hill is a beautifully shot, tightly paced thriller that marks a strong debut for director Patrick Hughes.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 6

Though its attempts to rework genre conventions may fall flat with some, Red Hill is a beautifully shot, tightly paced thriller that marks a strong debut for director Patrick Hughes.



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Young police officer Shane Cooper relocates to the small country town of Red Hill with his pregnant wife Alice to start a family. But when news of a prison break sends the local law enforcement officers - led by the town's ruling presence, Old Bill - into a panic, Shane's first day on duty rapidly turns into a nightmare. Enter Jimmy Conway, a convicted murderer serving life behind bars, who has returned to the isolated outpost seeking revenge. Now caught in the middle of what will become a

Jan 25, 2011


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As short on originality and sustained tension as it is long on striking widescreen vistas and impressive technical smarts.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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Rehashing the cliches from several beaten-to-death movie categories doesn't add up to much.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Patrick Hughes's bloody, brutal Australian thriller handles its B-movie premise with surprising precision, though the inclusion of several befuddling elements annoyingly puncture the suspense.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Under writer-producer-director-editor Patrick Hughes, the suspense level is high and the action constant.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The suspense that director Patrick Hughes manages to mount remains low-grade throughout and the plot never becomes entirely plausible.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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Like the best westerns, Red Hill is a stripped-down morality tale; like the best horror movies, its true monsters remain cloaked until the final reel.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The production values are first rate and the action, heavenly influenced by old-fashioned westerns, is brutal and perfectly staged.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass

The movie is extremely well staged and the young hero's dramatic lineage is established by his resonant name - Shane Cooper.

June 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

Red Hill has an imagination and intelligence that stays long in the mind.

May 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK]
Uncut Magazine [UK]

Starts off like a lean, mean Walter Hill movie but ends up going a bit Blazing Saddles.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Powerful central performances drive this impressive Oz thriller which features death by boomerang.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The film just about transcends its abundant clichés. It's Coen Brothers lite but made with some panache.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Rip-off or homage, it all adds up to an enjoyable stew of a film, even if you find yourself playing 'name that movie' for most of the running time.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

First time writer-director Patrick Hughes shows great promise as a genre filmmaker.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

What an effective calling card for debut writer-director Patrick Hughes this is - if not for the Australian tourist board.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

Hughes's direction is sly without being smug, and Kwanten grounds the movie with a square decency that's never too pumped-up or cartoonish.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Kwanten makes for a likeable hero, although Steve Bisley steals the show as the hard-bitten police chief Old Bill.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Former commercials director Hughes probably relies a tad too much on his old job for the whiplash editing...but there's a lot going on here that's worth a look.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Red Hill starts brilliantly but tails off halfway through and fails to deliver on its initial promise, despite a strong performance from Ryan Kwanten.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Though Hughes overplays his directorial hand occasionally, Red Hill is still the finest Australian western since The Proposition.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

A solid but wayward B-movie that falters just when it should be flying. Still, the premise intrigues, Kwanten's got presence to spare and Hughes is definitely one to watch.

May 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

[It's] saved by no-nonsense acting, and Kwanten stands firm as the moral backbone of the story; a young cop transferred from the city to a dustbowl town.

May 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

How much of a Western is Red Hill? The fact that at one point the bad guy shoots someone off a roof and he somersaults face-first into the street should answer that.

May 7, 2011 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

...a missed opportunity of disappointingly demonstrable proportions...

February 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

A thoroughly entertaining western revenge thriller.

February 5, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

Hughes shows chops in setting a mood and carrying out the grisly business of shotgun showdowns and torturous mano a mano sessions...[Blu-ray]

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Red Hill

You could be forgiven for thinking this is a Clint Eastwood style period set western and that's exactly what I thought it was upon seeing the poster design and film title, in fact its set in the present day and is more of a homage to westerns. Being set in the arid merciless Aussie outback of course does make it more of cowboy than cop thriller for sure.

The film is pretty unoriginal lets be honest about it, the layout and events are nothing new and do smell strongly of certain saddle bound Eastwood adventures but again..lets be honest here, its a damn good Aussie version of certain saddle bound Eastwood adventures. Beating around no bushes this is a strong violent retribution/revenge thriller that almost kinda boarders on 'The Terminator' in some building and street sequences with its light-less settings, strong shadows and mute anti hero killer.

From the start you know something is amiss with the local police force and their gruff leader 'Old Bill', you can kinda tell what will happen really but it doesn't detract from the fun of the film one bit. The cast are unknown to me but pretty big in Oz. Bisley as 'Old Bill' is perfect and really comes across well as the hardened no nonsense chief whilst Lewis is great as the mute aboriginal gunman who at first is intimidating, almost robotic like in his swift killings, but you know all is not as it seems.

The lead Kwanten does sort of over act towards the finale as he goes from being a regular guy to a strong stern voiced gunman brewing over with cliches but you feel the tenseness of the finale and you find yourself glued to the screen. Nothing really new to the table here but the whole film looks good and is well acted with a trusted source in the nasty revenge genre to always get the juices flowing, maybe some more nastiness to really bring home the need for revenge was needed though.

Highly recommended and much better fair than the usual over hyped glossy Hollywood guff that was 'No Country for Old Men', this is gritty and more down to earth with realistic characters. The Oz factor of course helps this hugely. Still not so sure what the panther subplot was all about though, why was it needed? oh well.
August 6, 2014

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A triumph. Director, Patrick Hughes crafts a fiery directional debut with extraordinary landscapes, chilling story, explosive action and thrilling suspense. Hughes writes, edits, produces and crafts this fine and remarkable example of a modern western stripped to a morality tale. A terrific Australian film that's pumped up with great character development, well-executed action and mystery to make this a memorable and surprisingly effective revenge tale. A taut and first-rate thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the final frame. An exhilarating and pulse-racing thrill-ride. A great cast of Australian talent that truly makes an impression. Ryan Kwanten gives a riveting and utterly compelling performance. Steve Bisley is excellent. Tom E. Lewis is a force of nature, he has all but six lines in the film but bring an intense and chilling presence to his character.
January 28, 2014

Super Reviewer

I've said it before, the Australians make great horror films. Although Red Hill is more of a crime-thriller, noir western more than horror but there are horror elements and it seems they're good at all those things too. Jimmy Conway is easily as scary as Jason or Leatherface, the two most likely comparisons. The story is of a much better quality though, so we shouldn't expect any sequels. Patrick Hughes has proven himself worthy, although Expendables 3 seems like an odd choice of follow up. Jimmy Conway vs the Expendables would be great though thinking about it...
October 18, 2013

Super Reviewer

"Red Hill starts off quite slow, but picks up gradually. A town secret soon turns into their worse nightmare in this thriller. Unfortunately the newbie Shane Cooper gets caught in the crossfire.
Story isn't too bad. The acting is choppy, but I liked Ryan Kwanten. He was a really good strong lead. He carried the movie and made it watchable. It's not something I would watch again."
February 7, 2013

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