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Teenagers Mark (Sebastian Gregory) and James (Joshua Payne) are victims of Gary Parker (Michael Dorman), a local thug not much older than them who has brutalised and abused them all their lives. In their last year of high school, James and Mark find a way to stop being victims. They're going to kill Gary... -- (C) IFC Midnight

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  • 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.

    May 1, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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...

    Aug 9, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Cleverly twisted, gut-wrenching Aussie thriller.

    Aug 1, 2009 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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.

    Apr 17, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 17, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Acolytes

  • Apr 30, 2012
    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.
    The Movie W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2011
    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.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2011
    A decent enough australian thriller concerning 3 school friends, finding a body, being baried by a suburban family man, they try to get him to kill a bully for them, but it doesent work out as simple as that and some mind games ensue. some good moments, while its nothing great going on, its not dull at any time. and a midway minor twist working good things
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2011
    An gritty, intense, psychological/thriller that was harsh and surprisingly not that bad at all. I thought the filming was beautifully raw and atmospheric and is the film's best quality. The acting wasn't amazing but it wasn't half bad either and was naturalistic, the serial killer in it definitely sent shivers down my spine. The ending was pretty haunting and was nailbiting and was pretty bloody but a little rushed, though I didn't mind it much because the first half was a pretty slow build up and to me it just didn't have a strong enough story or script. Overall I still recommend you to give it a chance if you happen to stumble upon it because it actually is pretty decent considering its flaws. Not a must see though.
    Matt S Super Reviewer

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