Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Craig Lahiff's Swerve

Director: Craig Lahiff

Starring: Jason Clarke, Emma Booth, David Lyons, Travis McMahon, Vince Colosimo, Robert Mammone, Chris Haywood, Roy Billing, Greg Stone.

A thriller set in rural Australia. Ex soldier Colin (David Lyons) comes across an accident in the desert on his way to Broken Hill. He finds a suitcase full of money which is next to one car with an apparent dead occupant and proceeds to take the driver of the other car, blonde and distressed Jina (Emma Booth), back to her house just outside of Neverest. Unbeknown to Colin the suitcase contains drug money from a deal that went wrong and Jina was the cause the accident when the deceased driver swerved (hence the title) to miss her on his hasty retreat from a dodgy deal. Colin hands in the case to the local policemen, Frank (Jason Clarke), never realizing Frank is Jina’s husband. They offer him hospitality while his car is being repaired but Colin soon finds out a sinister undercurrent to their relationship. The couple meantime regards the contents of the suitcase as a saving grace to their troubles but someone violent is looking to reclaim his cash with menaces. Some highs and lows in this movie but the killer blow is the film noir style pot-boiler lacks strong characterization. Pity cause the cinematography is good and shot around the rocky, heat-baked Flinders Ranges in South Australia.

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