Heaven's Burning

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In Sydney, the newly married Midori (Youki Kudoh) is honeymooning with her husband, Yukio (Kenji Isomura). She does not love him and fakes her own kidnapping to escape the marriage. Her lover is supposed to meet her, but fails to appear. She goes to a bank to get some cash, only to become a hostage in an unfolding robbery, until the getaway driver, Colin (Russell Crowe), saves her from his fellow robbers. They hit the road together, with the cops, her husband and the robbers in pursuit.

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Kenji Isomura
Yukio
Al Clark
Producer
Craig Lahiff
Executive Producer
Georgina Pope
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Michael Atkinson
Original Music
Graham Koehne
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Brian J. Breheny
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John Scott
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  • Mar 31, 2019
    It's tough to remember a time when Russell Crowe was acting in Australian produced films. Heaven's Burning is a film that feels like a story beat for a Tarantino film, most likely True Romance. There is some good moments, but this is a mess of a film and lacks coherent storytelling. The film feels like it was designed for the Chinese financial assistance and while the fish out of water plot fails to capture anything resembling that plot thread, the actors deliver good performances. I thought this might be a guilty road trip forgotten due to the Australian film market not looking after it's own investments. Sadly it isn't a great film and feels like it is treading water until the forgettable finale. 24/03/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2011
    Heaven is burning down the discotheque - discotheque, let's shake it. I hate the heck out of contemporary music and ironically, I'm probably the only one who gets that contemporary song reference. Seems appropriate, seeing as I'm also the only person who's heard of this film, something that was obvious enough without the 2 day search for a video of it. Well, maybe it was a pretty popular film, only everyone forgot about it. It's doesn't have much memorability about it. Translation: This might be a bad review. This film suffers from some lack of development, some inconsistancies in storyline and character roles, some abrupt events, some improveable choices in casting, some weak writing, some cheesiness and some overacting by some smaller cast members. Is that enough "some"s, ladies and gentlemen or do I need "some" more. Also, let us not forget that there is a ton of gratuitous violence and death. That poor robber, driving woman, gun provider, dog, crazy motorized wheelchair guy, farmer and kangaroo. I guess I'm gonna stop the list there, because I'm only allowed to type 25000 characters. I exaggerate, but this film does get pretty crazy. But seriously though, as flawed as the film is, it is saved by a good story, the occasional good line, a decent ending and decent performances from Crowe and Kudoh. Ultimately, this film is like this review, not terrible, but not terribly great. Of course, the difference is that I expected this review to be bad, where with this film, I expected it to just be the somewhat underwhelming and understandably overlooked piece on Russell Crowe's filmography that it turned out to be. Still, as forgettable as it is, if you happen to come across "Heaven's Burning" - and boy, talk about a big "if" - then it's worth watching, thanks to the enjoyable story and decent performances by the leads. Also, after seeing those mutton chops, I say that they should definately get Russell Crowe if they're ever gonna do an Elvis biopic. Heck, he's got the bloating down now-a-days. Seems like I always need to bring up either Russell's getting out of shape or phone throwing. Anyone think he'd like me?
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