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Newcomers to the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari, Catherine and Matthew Parker's lives are flung into crisis when they discover their two teenage kids, Tommy and Lily, have mysteriously disappeared just before a massive dust storm hits. With Nathgari eerily smothered in red dust and darkness, the townsfolk join the search led by local cop, David Rae. It soon becomes apparent that something terrible may have happened to Tommy and Lily. Suspicions run riot, rumors spread and public opinion turns savagely against the Parkers. With temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew find themselves pushed to the brink as they struggle to survive the mystery of their children's fate.
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'Catherine' (Nicole Kidman) and husband 'Matthew Parker' along with their children 'Lily' (Maddison Brown) and
'Tommy' (Nicholas Hamilton) live in a back-water town these days on the edge of the 'Australian' outback.
They are a pretty dysfunctional family, 'Catherine' and 'Matthew' barely get along these days and sleep separately,
15-year old 'Lily' is out-of-control and has built up quite a reputation among the local-lads of the small town, the
problems within the household have rubbed off on younger sibling 'Tommy' he often goes for a walk-about at night.
When a ferocious dust-storm hits town, both 'Lily' and 'Tommy' had earlier seemingly run-off together, there is no
trace of their whereabouts, local Sheriff 'David Rae' (Hugo Weaving ) organises a search in the surrounding out-back
knowing that in the searing heat the two siblings can survive but a few days.
Desperation quickly overwhelms 'Catherine' and 'Matthew' their personal difficulties become even more evident, as
time appears to be running out it becomes an emotion-charged search......will the two be found alive ???
This Australian made movie has been well crafted, many actors among the cast emerge with credit for their roles in
the film, 'Nicole Kidman' in particular is superb.
Well worth a viewing..........
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I can't call it a psychological thriller, since most of the psychology is based on the characters mental flaws which really appear to go no deeper than the act of sex and control. I wouldn't call it an adventure or survival movie either since most of the film revolved around personal conflict.
On the good side, the photography was excellent and the acting was fantastic. Some people may enjoy the film. However, I did not. If I had liked the story I would have rated it higher.
The wild, however we approach its wonder and beauty, always carries a thorn, a poison stinger hidden in the beautiful landscape. The Australian Outback shown here is one of those most unforgiving landscapes. Thanks to great cinematography and really superb direction, you will get a good, breathless slice of Nature's Reality Show here, both in the vast reaches of the Outback and in the depths of human nature.And speaking of naturalness, it's here for the first time, you can see both great actors --Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving-- actually looking their age.
The fallout from one family's move to the deep Australian Outback from a metro center is spooky-beautiful to watch, slow to start, and stays deep. Layers keep unfolding. That indigenous Aboriginal wisdom ways were not the focal point or much of a back story disappointed me at first; but there were understated markers along the way, including a very young child's mention of The Rainbow Serpent.
Maybe the real mystery at work here is how many parents fail their kids, and the terrifying ripple effect that is the cost of careless parenting. One thing's for sure: no stone is left unturned in this scary, unflinching look at a family tangled up in one of the worst kinds of tragedy.
The combination of permissive *anything goes* parenting and what can happen to the sexually precocious kid and everyone around them without close parenting, is shown here to be fertile ground indeed, for Bad Things. In one shocking scene, the stay-at-home mom actually tries to blame the school for her kids' failure to attend.
However, if you skip parts of the movie, you will not understand the ending. Not to mention, it would NOT be possible to appreciate to the fullest extent.