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Mystery Road

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Australia · 2013
2h 1m
Director Ivan Sen
Starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten
Genre Thriller, Crime, Mystery

An indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl.

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CineVue by Ben Nicholson

The measured narrative and anti-climactic finale do mean that Mystery Road doesn’t pander to all tastes, and it never conforms to thriller conventions, but Sen has undoubtedly succeeded in fashioning a thoroughly engrossing journey into a modern Australian wilderness that’s well worth seeking out.


The Film Stage by Jared Mobarak

I won’t lie and say Mystery Road kept me on the edge of my seat for its duration, but there is a lot to enjoy in its delicately peeled back layers.


The Guardian by Leslie Felperin

The whole thing might have been improved by slightly nippier pacing, but the slow-burn action pays off with a spectacular climactic gun-fight, where the distances are so vast it takes half a second for bullets to find their marks.


Total Film by Matt Glasby

Deliberately paced and expertly acted by a weathered ensemble including Hugo Weaving, Mystery Road also boasts some of cinema’s most gorgeous magic-hour photography even if, elsewhere, light is in perilously short supply.

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