Strangerland (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | R | Thriller, Drama, Mystery
112 minutes /

User Score: 61/100

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Strangerland Review


A family finds their dull life in a rural outback town rocked after their two teenage children disappear into the desert, sparking disturbing rumors of their past.

Strangerland (2015) Australian-Irish drama suspense horror movie that was directed by first-time full-length movie director Kim Farrant. The movie was intriguing, but the acting and screenplay were below average. The movie was intriguing because it was about a family that moved for a reason and that reason haunts them although they relocated. I became more interested in the movie after the kids disappeared. Overall I would not recommend this movie to horror fans. The movie did contain drama, suspense, and minor horror, but it did not deliver.

Strangeland revolves around married couple Catherine and Matthew Parker relocating to the deepest of the Australian Outback with their children Lily and Tommy. Catherine and Matthew are trying to adapt to their new lives in an Australian desert town of Nathgari with their kids. The family keeps to themselves and refuse to get close to anyone. Catherine ( Nicole Kidman - Moulin Rouge! (2001), The Others (2001), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), The Golden Compass (2007)) and Matthew discovered their kids are missing during a huge dust storm. Matthew (Joseph Fiennes - Shakespeare in Love (1998), Enemy at the Gates (2001), Elizabeth (1998), Hercules (2014)) and Catherine have no clue as to where the children can be. Local Detective David Rae ( Hugo Weaving - The Matrix (1999), V for Vendetta (2005), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Cloud Atlas (2012)) is assigned to the case. Detective David and some locals went searching for the kids in the desert that was covered with red dust and is very dark. The locals soon turn against Catherine and Matthew as things are revealed, and stories are told. Will Matthew and Catherine find their children in time? What is the couple hiding from everyone and why do they want to keep to themselves?

Nicole Kidman could not save the poor storyline in this movie, and her performance was on par in Strangerland. I gave this movie a four because it was dragged on and did not contain enough details to carry it out. I had high hopes for this movie and was greatly disappointed that it failed because of the acting and screenplay. It was one of those movies that you see all the good parts in the trailer, and there is nothing more to see in the movie. Horror fans who feel that they have to see this movie should see it on DVD when available.

About Strangerland 2015

Title: Strangerland
Year: 2015
Runtime: 112 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 23 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 23
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Nicole Kidman, Chris Pattinson, Nicholas Hamilton, Morgan Junor-Larwood, Reef Ireland, Luke Carroll, Jim Russell, Bronwyn Penrith, Joseph Fiennes, Jarrad Burcher, Maddison Brown, Ashley Young, Sean Keenan, Rob Farrant, Alex Mitchinson, Megan Alston, Trangi J. Speedy-Coe, Meyne Wyatt, Carys Fulchs, Martin Dingle Wall, Peter Howland, Lisa Flanagan, Alexander Mitchinson, Benedict Hardie, Ben Wood, Taylor Ferguson
Writers: Michael Kinirons, Fiona Seres
Director: Kim Farrant