Mystery Road

Mystery Road

DVD - 2014
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Detective Joe Swan returns to his small home town to investigate the murder of a teenaged Aboriginal girl. He finds himself alone and in growing danger as the towns secrets unravel.
Publisher: [Plano, Texas] :, Well Go USA,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: MYS
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digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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EssanayPaul
Jun 10, 2019

Some reviewers here were expecting a car-chase, shoot-em-up, action movie. If that is what you want, you will be disappointed.
Instead this is an intelligent mystery requiring thought and deductive reasoning, giving many clues and suspects.

You will also learn about the racial discrimination that goes on between the “whites” (British decedents) and the “blacks” (Australian Aborigine decedents).
The Desert landscape is beautiful, but don’t expect lush green plants.

This movie spawned a sequel movie “Goldstone” and 6 hour TV miniseries with the same name. Watch the miniseries next as it takes place between the two movies.

You will need to use Link+ to order “Goldstone”.

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dsw3914
May 24, 2019

Fairly depressing and the setting was so horribly bleak, dusty, and dry. It was the old plot of the straight cop versus everyone else. Lots of time was taken by characters staring at each other before talking. I kept thinking, "Somebody say something for goodness sakes"! It could also have been set in west Texas, the southwest US, or Mexico and had the same look and feel. It also had an incomplete ending.

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LauraSteinert
Apr 13, 2019

Sort of a "pre-quel" to the TV series beautifully done, with lovely scenery (if you like desert) and glorious sunsets and sunrises. This Wild West meets drug war takes a strong position on racism, sexism, and corruption in the police force. You have to ask yourself at some point, do they hate him because he's an Aboriginal, or do they hate him because he is honest and hard working? HIGHLY recommended, as is the TV series.

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jimg2000
Oct 25, 2018

Australian version of a murder detective story in a indigent small town but lacked Hollywood's big budget and writers with twisty plots. Nonetheless, this film was awarded a sequel "Goldstone 2016" and the 2018 mini-series of same name, thanks to the charismatic "Abo detective" played by Aaron Pedersen and cinematography of the Aussie outback. Personally, liked Goldstone more.

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ba_library
Oct 02, 2017

Aussie cop drama. Aboriginal girls are getting murdered in a small town somewhere in Queensland (looking very outback - rural, dry). An Aboriginal detective returns home to investigate the case (Aaron Pederesen - he was in some of the Jack Irish movies - those shows are very good). Most of the problems seem to stem from corrupt cops - Hugo Weaving plays bad cop! I got lost with the storyline; murdered girls, wild dogs, corrupt cops, drug dealers, girls getting pimped out to truckers. The big shootout at the end had me confused (who was that guy wearing the mask?) Supposed to be made into an Oz police show next year with Aaron Pedersen and Judy Davis. Not bad, but not great because of the confusing storyline - maybe the t.v. version will be more fleshed out but you may want to watch this movie to get introduced to the characters and the setting.

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deb6
May 23, 2016

A very good Australian film but do use the subtitles. The cast is a first rate collection of powerful Aussie actors and the film is sensitive to aboriginal matters. The film/series would suit a cinema fan of the Tony Hillerman Navajo police procedural genre.

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firefly5
Mar 21, 2016

Very bad movie. Difficult to understand the accent. Could not find the point in this at all! Waste of time.

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DiabloDog
Feb 15, 2016

Terrible! You can usually tell it's going to be a bust when the steering wheel is on the wrong side of the auto. 😎

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surrey10149
Aug 08, 2015

The only "mystery" here is why I wasted 2 hrs watching this piece of crap!!

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roystreet
Dec 26, 2014

OK police procedural set in small farming & ranching town in Australia. Interest centers on Aboriginal integration into modern society. Pederson is good, Weaving, Kwanten & Thompson appear only very briefly. Chief fault: it's very slow and deliberate.

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