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Driving cross-country to a job interview, Colin plays it safe when he has car problems and takes a short cut to a one horse town. But as luck would have it, he comes across a fatal road accident. One of the drivers, Jina, is shaken, the other dead and beside him, a briefcase full of money. When Colin resists temptation and does the right thing, turning it into the local cop, his good deed causes a series of fateful events to unfold.
it may be a bumpy enough ride while it lasts, but it never feels important enough to escape its trivial status, or different enough from other genre flicks to grab the attention.
Clumsily mounted, implausibly plotted, often wincingly bad attempt at an Aussie genre piece...makes the same fundamental mistake as last year's Blame: small-scale thrillers need stories that are duck-bum tight.
The story twists and turns with popcorn-friendly propulsion, never letting things get too serious to invite narrative nit-picking, nor too silly to squander the suspense.
Lahiff strings together an entertaining chain of actions 'n' consequences but yanks the strings of disbelief suspension too hard and aspires to do too much.
In the end, Swerve, doesn't seem to be about anything other than its own mechanics. And that gets tedious very quick.
Once that body tumbles down the mine shaft, we're in a different -- and inferior -- movie.
Firmly sticking to its noir roots, this is a modest but well-crafted achievement which remains entertaining throughout.
The film opens with great promise, wordless scenes building intrigue and tension. A case of money, a case of drugs, an explosive device, a deserted rendezvous - followed by a road accident, all told with images and music
Paul Grabowsky's edgy score is a highlight of this taut thriller that rips along like a fast train on a track to nowhere.
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