Strangerland

2015, Drama/Mystery & thriller, 1h 51m

67 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Strangerland has a marvelous cast, but their efforts aren't enough to overcome the story's blandly predictable melodrama. Read critic reviews

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A couple discover that their teenage children have disappeared just before a massive dust storm sweeps through their remote desert town.

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  • Dec 08, 2016
    This was almost a two star rating as I was so cross about the lack of ending, however, I read some spoilers on IMDb which suggested -.........,repeating spoiler here......................................................................................that the mother was possibly the cause of all the issues and signs point towards her abusing the kids rather than the father, which is kind of implied. I think they're right, and I have upped half a star accordingly. I am annoyed we never find out what happened to the daughter. I know things happen in real life every day which aren't explained, but darn it, I expect some closure on a fictional movie! This could have been a very good movie. The early scenes with Lily were great - not sure who that young actress is, but I'm sure she'll be in more movies. She was very convincing and sympathetic. Both the parents were a bit off. Not the acting, the acting is very good,but how they are written. I liked the outback town and the aboriginal cast. This was such a waste of a good idea from trying to be arty. Sometimes less is not more.
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  • Jan 26, 2016
    The disappearance of a 15 year old sexpot ripples through a small backwater Australian town like dynamite, exposing all those nasty things people think about each other but don't dare say out loud. I loved this and thought it was well done despite that it was sometimes too overwrought = soap opera. Still, why it is scored so low here on the Tomato is anyone's guess.
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  • Dec 29, 2015
    The cast is terrific and this solid character study is always engaging as it examines the lack of emotional stability in a dysfunctional family, but it is frustrating that it ends on an ambiguous note that makes the whole film feel almost like a good effort for nothing.
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  • Jul 17, 2015
    Eerie and very reminiscent of the movie Prisoners which is not bad thing. Except at times this film is just too slow and boring to take you to the next interesting part of which there are few.
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