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Pulsing with menace, SWERVE, called "seductive and thrilling" and compared to Hitchcock and early Coen Brothers by The Hollywood Reporter, is a modern take on classic film noir. When Colin (David Lyons) happens across a fatal car accident and a suitcase full of money, he soon becomes entangled in the dangerous lives of a crooked local cop (Jason Clarke) and his mysterious wife (Emma Booth). His initial good deed leads to a series of deadly events, and Colin struggles in a game of survival set against the backdrop of the South Australian outback.(c) Cohen Media

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As it zigs and zags, its plot unravels rather than tightens, and its curveball of an ending is bound to leave audiences feeling as double-crossed as some of the characters."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"As the title of "Swerve" suggests, there's a lot of driving, and cars and characters veer, though never far enough for either to arrive at some place, some narrative, that's remotely new."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Swerve plays out like a down under version of No Country for Old Men, sapped of any sense of tension, logic or charm."
‑ Stephen Danay, Under the Radar
"Almost all the parts of Swerve -- the predictable storyline, thin cast and flaccid action -- feel worn-out and second-hand. They still work, but they're not much fun to watch."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Swerve certainly is the wrong turn, at the wrong place, at the wrong damn time - for the viewer."
‑ Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
"You've got your duplicitous blonde, a briefcase full of money, the hapless patsy, the angry cop, the loose cannon and the speeding train. Everything's so in order that you could doze off and catch up with the plot within seconds of reawakening."
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"The story is uninspired, Lyons looks lost, and Booth makes for a bland femme fatale."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A series of winding roads lead nowhere in this low-budget Australian thriller."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"A watchable genre exercise."
‑ William Goss, The Dissolve
"A confident and exciting genre film, and that's certainly not nothing, but it has a slight impersonality that marks it as either a calling card or a work for hire."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"It's enjoyable enough, but low on novelty, beyond the stark beauty of the sun-bleached Outback landscape."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"The more narrative wrenches this modern-day noir throws at its characters-notably several literally physics-defying leaps of logic-the less involving it becomes. There are a few too many twists on this highway."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"But for the most part, the most shocking thing about Swerve is how utterly straightforward it is."
‑ Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
"...a brilliant noir that would have felt right at home in '40s Hollywood."
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
"it may be a bumpy enough ride while it lasts, but it never feels important enough to escape its trivial status, or different enough from other genre flicks to grab the attention."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
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