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by Anna Rasztabiga (subscribe)
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Swerve makes heads spin in several ways. Well-known Australian actors fall dead and disappear from the movie. A cold blooded killer has no qualms bumping off anyone who stands in his way of grabbing the loot. The open South Australian landscape adds to the heat of the chase and gives the impression that there is nowhere to run, even if you head to the hills. The audience gasped and laughed at the same time as they were enthralled by the action on the screen.

Craig Lahiff - writer/director dishes out black humour and enough twists to keep the interest up to the final scenes.

Frank (Jason Clarke) gives the people enough rope to test their loyalty and trust, as he prepares to do a bunk on the people planning to dump him from their lives. No easy feat. The prizes available tempt our hero - Colin (David Lyons) who has presence like Paul Newman and the same acting restraint as oozed by the past idol. His honour is important to him and we urge him to retain this virtue. Emma Booth is watchable as the unpredictable, ambitious, yet vulnerable wife of local policeman, Frank.

The cars swerve and race into the country town and around its perimeters. The scenes of the Indian Pacific rail travelling into the dark of Australia's heartland are a sight worth viewing. The irony of the conclusion of the chase and Colin's encounter with the pub owner are a treat.

A satisfying film and one that deserves more than one viewing with very commendable performances and cunning script.

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