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Critic Reviews for Acolytes
When Edgerton's killer begins to toy with (Sebastian Gregory's) Mark, it's like watching a cat play with a mouse - it's sad but you don't really care. Let the cat have his fun...
Cleverly twisted, gut-wrenching Aussie thriller.
The performances from the young cast are a tad bland, but director Jon Hewitt infuses his low-budget genre jolter with just enough menace as it powers towards an effective, if predictable, climax.
The bleak suburban setting and the mischievous, if somewhat downbeat adolescent lead characters recall Gus Van Sant's oeuvre, though Hewitt doesn't achieve anywhere near the same degree of nuance.
A requisite number of gory, slashing, scream-filled moments raise the heartbeat as kids chase killers, and the killers chase kids. What's missing is a freshness of purpose, and the conviction of motive. You know, the important stuff.
Unfortunately, after a strong first half, the film degenerates into some messily unconvincing blood-letting which might attract devotees of the genre but which is disappointingly conventional given what's come before.
Audience Reviews for Acolytes
I was totally engrossed by the first hour of this Aussie thriller before it sadly ran out of ideas. Director Jon Hewitt creates some brilliant atmosphere while cinematographer Mark Pugh puts together stunning compositions. The most obvious influence is Tarkovsky, especially in an elaborate homage to the kiss over a ditch in "Ivan's Childhood". Joel Edgerton is great as the moustachioed serial killer blackmailed by teenagers out of their depth. For fans of brooding atmosphere only.
From the 2008 Screamfest List. Cool things about a lot of these movies on different film festivals is that in most cases they have films that one would normally miss. And I am glad I found this hidden gem. What I thought by reading a film review was that I was in for another teeny bobber film, it was far from that. A well written film with tons of suspense and a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. Well worth the watch and I will add to my collection. 4 1/2 stars.
Ive thought about this and I have to admit I'm struggling to remember a recent Australian film I didnt like. This was a great movie with a superb story and typical antipodean charm. Two boys abused by a loon in their early years find a body and hatch what initially I thought would be a bloody stupid plan...see how wrong I was.....Not your normal run of the mill serial killer sketch either....good tense thriller with a twist....
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