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Swerve (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 18

It aims for pulpy noir thrills, but Swerve never lives up to the twisty promise of its title.

22

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 7

It aims for pulpy noir thrills, but Swerve never lives up to the twisty promise of its title.

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Pulsing with menace, SWERVE, called "seductive and thrilling" and compared to Hitchcock and early Coen Brothers by The Hollywood Reporter, is a modern take on classic film noir. When Colin (David Lyons) happens across a fatal car accident and a suitcase full of money, he soon becomes entangled in the dangerous lives of a crooked local cop (Jason Clarke) and his mysterious wife (Emma Booth). His initial good deed leads to a series of deadly events, and Colin struggles in a game of survival set

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Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense

Craig Lahiff

Mar 18, 2014

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (18)

As it zigs and zags, its plot unravels rather than tightens, and its curveball of an ending is bound to leave audiences feeling as double-crossed as some of the characters.

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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You've got your duplicitous blonde, a briefcase full of money, the hapless patsy, the angry cop, the loose cannon and the speeding train. Everything's so in order that you could doze off and catch up with the plot within seconds of reawakening.

December 8, 2013 Full Review Source: The Wrap
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It's enjoyable enough, but low on novelty, beyond the stark beauty of the sun-bleached Outback landscape.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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As the title of "Swerve" suggests, there's a lot of driving, and cars and characters veer, though never far enough for either to arrive at some place, some narrative, that's remotely new.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The story is uninspired, Lyons looks lost, and Booth makes for a bland femme fatale.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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The more narrative wrenches this modern-day noir throws at its characters-notably several literally physics-defying leaps of logic-the less involving it becomes. There are a few too many twists on this highway.

December 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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A series of winding roads lead nowhere in this low-budget Australian thriller.

December 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

But for the most part, the most shocking thing about Swerve is how utterly straightforward it is.

December 7, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Almost all the parts of Swerve -- the predictable storyline, thin cast and flaccid action -- feel worn-out and second-hand. They still work, but they're not much fun to watch.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A watchable genre exercise.

December 3, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

...a brilliant noir that would have felt right at home in '40s Hollywood.

December 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times
Tolucan Times

Swerve certainly is the wrong turn, at the wrong place, at the wrong damn time - for the viewer.

December 1, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

A confident and exciting genre film, and that's certainly not nothing, but it has a slight impersonality that marks it as either a calling card or a work for hire.

December 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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.

September 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

A solid Aussie thriller that doesn't quite live up to its early promise.

June 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

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.

June 26, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

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.

June 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

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.

June 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Crikey

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