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Critic Reviews for Downriver
"Downriver" is the kind of graceful provocation that slips around a corner before you can pinpoint its intentions, and that keeps it arresting as both an inquiry and a character study.
Despite creditable performances and handsome production values, the film fails to connect in any meaningful way.
It's a story about redemption, manipulation and the darkness at the end of the street.
[A] harrowing exploration of atonement that establishes a stark atmosphere from the opening scene.
Audience Reviews for Downriver
'Downriver', is a very purposeful cautionary tale with somewhat bleak outcomes even when it comes to these very type of particular Australian films that explore confronting subject matter such as dark secrets, guilt, atonement and a mystery never wanting to reveal itself. For one the film is incredibly well shot, written and performed throughout, really bringing out the natural sense of the drama. Though when it comes to understanding the main character; James (played by Reef Ireland), whose truly a fascinating character when it comes to the consequences of getting over a past violent deed, there isn't much else given to the development of the supporting characters that don't have much of any redeeming qualities especially when considering the progression of the narrative and consequences of one actions against another. Nonetheless, I found the film to be truly insightful character driven piece, with great performances and underlining mystery that really drives the momentum of the film from the beginning up until the very end. Be cautionary though, don't expect a happy outcome.
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