The production values are first rate and the action, heavenly influenced by old-fashioned westerns, is brutal and perfectly staged.
The movie is extremely well staged and the young hero's dramatic lineage is established by his resonant name - Shane Cooper.
Red Hill has an imagination and intelligence that stays long in the mind.
Starts off like a lean, mean Walter Hill movie but ends up going a bit Blazing Saddles.
| Original Score: 2/5
Powerful central performances drive this impressive Oz thriller which features death by boomerang.
| Original Score: 3/5
The film just about transcends its abundant clichés. It's Coen Brothers lite but made with some panache.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
First time writer-director Patrick Hughes shows great promise as a genre filmmaker.
What an effective calling card for debut writer-director Patrick Hughes this is - if not for the Australian tourist board.
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.
Kwanten makes for a likeable hero, although Steve Bisley steals the show as the hard-bitten police chief Old Bill.
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.
Red Hill starts brilliantly but tails off halfway through and fails to deliver on its initial promise, despite a strong performance from Ryan Kwanten.
Though Hughes overplays his directorial hand occasionally, Red Hill is still the finest Australian western since The Proposition.
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.
[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.
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.
...a missed opportunity of disappointingly demonstrable proportions...
| Original Score: 1.5/4
A thoroughly entertaining western revenge thriller.
| Original Score: 8/10
Hughes shows chops in setting a mood and carrying out the grisly business of shotgun showdowns and torturous mano a mano sessions...[Blu-ray]
| Original Score: 2.5/4