Red Hill
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Young police officer Shane Cooper relocates to the small country town of Red Hill with his pregnant wife Alice to start a family. But when news of a prison break sends the local law enforcement officers - led by the town's ruling presence, Old Bill - into a panic, Shane's first day on duty rapidly turns into a nightmare. Enter Jimmy Conway, a convicted murderer serving life behind bars, who has returned to the isolated outpost seeking revenge. Now caught in the middle of what will become a terrifying and bloody confrontation, Shane will be forced to take the law into his own hands if… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As short on originality and sustained tension as it is long on striking widescreen vistas and impressive technical smarts."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Under writer-producer-director-editor Patrick Hughes, the suspense level is high and the action constant."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The production values are first rate and the action, heavenly influenced by old-fashioned westerns, is brutal and perfectly staged."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Starts off like a lean, mean Walter Hill movie but ends up going a bit Blazing Saddles."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Rip-off or homage, it all adds up to an enjoyable stew of a film, even if you find yourself playing 'name that movie' for most of the running time."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Rehashing the cliches from several beaten-to-death movie categories doesn't add up to much."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"The suspense that director Patrick Hughes manages to mount remains low-grade throughout and the plot never becomes entirely plausible."
‑ Peter Brunette, Hollywood Reporter
"The movie is extremely well staged and the young hero's dramatic lineage is established by his resonant name - Shane Cooper."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"Powerful central performances drive this impressive Oz thriller which features death by boomerang."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"First time writer-director Patrick Hughes shows great promise as a genre filmmaker."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"Patrick Hughes's bloody, brutal Australian thriller handles its B-movie premise with surprising precision, though the inclusion of several befuddling elements annoyingly puncture the suspense."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Like the best westerns, Red Hill is a stripped-down morality tale; like the best horror movies, its true monsters remain cloaked until the final reel."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Red Hill has an imagination and intelligence that stays long in the mind."
‑ Damon Wise, Uncut Magazine [UK]
"The film just about transcends its abundant clichés. It's Coen Brothers lite but made with some panache."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"What an effective calling card for debut writer-director Patrick Hughes this is - if not for the Australian tourist board."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
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