Critic Consensus: It aims for pulpy noir thrills, but Swerve never lives up to the twisty promise of its title.
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 against the backdrop of the South Australian outback.(c) Cohen Media … More
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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.
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.
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.
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