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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
Dec 6, 2013 Limited
Cohen Media Group - Official Site
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It's enjoyable enough, but low on novelty, beyond the stark beauty of the sun-bleached Outback landscape.
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.
The story is uninspired, Lyons looks lost, and Booth makes for a bland femme fatale.
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.
Regardless of its title, it's a film that sluggishly sticks to the neo noir straight-and-narrow.
Staple pulp ingredients -- a girl, a gun, a stranger, a crooked cop and a suitcase full of hot cash -- are neatly moved around a dusty outback town in the juicy Aussie thriller Swerve.
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.
...a brilliant noir that would have felt right at home in '40s Hollywood.
Swerve certainly is the wrong turn, at the wrong place, at the wrong damn time - for the viewer.
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.
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.
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