An Australian mystery-thriller dominated by Joel Edgerton's fearless performance as a compromised married man.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Wish You Were Here is an excellent idea for a State Department video, to remind travelers the obvious things not to do when visiting an unfamiliar country. As a drama, it feels a little empty.
| Original Score: 2/4
The mysteries unravel at a steady pace and the dialogue and acting feel naturalistic, adding up to a taut and progressively tangled portrait of familial relations.
| Original Score: 3/4
A dull drama about domestic squabbling that hopes to be mistaken for a thriller.
| Original Score: 1/4
The time you spend trying to piece together a mystery that is presented as a teasing puzzle inevitably diverts you from deeper identification with characters who are not particularly sympathetic to begin with.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Even a drug-sniffing police dog gives a vivid performance.
Hypnotically watchable but badly flawed by a shrug of an ending.
If you do decide to travel abroad, this film offers some tips on how to stay safe and sane - that is, if you can extract them from the teasingly elliptical, flashback-addled, nerve-racking narrative.
Though much of the film is overcooked and overwrought, it's well-played, and writer-director Kieran Darcy-Smith keeps us guessing, and watching.
| Original Score: 2/5
The structural fireworks of Darcy-Smith's first feature may ultimately provide more light than heat, but they don't distract unduly from its strong performances.
| Original Score: 3/5
Examines the toll that guilt has on well-meaning thirtysomethings to mostly intriguing effect.
Stories built around a mystery can have a difficult time creating a satisfying answer, and this picture is no exception ...
Despite its dubious inhabitants, the film consistently entertains by throwing the kinds of curves one should see coming but doesn't.
Kieran Darcy-Smith's debut feature maintains a vice-like grip that reaches maximum intensity as the mystery is solved.