Van Diemen's Land (2009)
Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2
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Release Date: Sep 24, 2009 Wide
Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 864
The true story of Alexander Pearce (Oscar Redding), the notorious Australian convict who, along with seven other prisoners, made a daring escape from the Macquarie Harbour penal colony in 1822, and embarked on a treacherous journey across Tasmania in a desperate bid for freedom. The further the group ventures into unknown territory with veteran navigator Robert Greenhill as their guide, the faster their resources dwindle until they begin turning on one another in order to survive. ~ Jason
Sep 24, 2009 Wide
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The Tasmanian landscape (and its stand-in Victorian equivalent) is a sight to behold in the 2:35 ratio. As the backdrop for acts of pure barbarism, it is a grey, horribly-beautiful vision of Hell.
Survival of the fittest in action. Welcome to the dark side of human nature.
In its evocation of a bleak, hostile environment in which even the meanest cannot eke out an existence, it packs a bloody punch.
A bold attempt at a full-throttle Australian art movie, Van Diemen's Land disappoints mainly when it falls back on convention... the film is at its strongest when it shifts into an elemental realm and psychology falls away.
A great film to see with your mates to inspire talk of who would eat who, how you'd eat human and the fine line between serial killer and survival.
The film is at times tasteless and unpalatable but the screenplay, based on four confessions Pearce gave after his capture, has a certain level of interest to it.
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