The Tumbler (2010)



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An American soldier stationed at a remote Australian outpost discovers that it pays to be skeptical in this tense adventure drama from Japan. Self-sufficient and confident, American soldier Jen is guarding her post in the Australian outback when a desperate ex-con and his mild-mannered Afghani-Australian traveling companion show up claiming to be lost. Her humanity taking precedent over her soldier's instinct, Jen directly disobeys her orders and agrees to help the wayward travelers find their way back home. Later, when Jen sees Tahir bumbling with his GPS navigator, she realizes that the two men couldn't have made it this far in the Outback by accident.


Critic Reviews for The Tumbler

All Critics (8)

The Tumbler will divert genre fans who don't mind the absence of gloss.

Sep 3, 2010 | Full Review…

Promising as it sounds, in practice The Tumbler is a mess. The characters are strictly stock types -- none of them especially sympathetic -- and the story soon becomes so convoluted that it's easy to get lost in the swirl of explanations and flashbacks.

Sep 3, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

There's a lot of invention here that doesn't get a chance to come alive. Fast moving, short and full of ideas, The Tumbler has the kind of nervy, larger than life quality of the best of '50s B cinema.

Sep 2, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

A twisting thriller with a message to boot.

Sep 1, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This ultra low-budget Australian film, made by Marc Gracie (director of You and Your Stupid Mate), is saddled with quite a number of major credibility problems, both in terms of plot and character.

Sep 1, 2010

There are so many scores being settled here, by the filmmakers as well as their characters, that tension takes a holiday, along with credibility and fun.

Sep 1, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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