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Mystery Road (2013)



Critic Consensus: Mystery Road evokes classic Westerns while using its Australian outback setting to delve into a surprisingly layered -- and powerfully impactful -- array of social issues.

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An Indigenous detective investigates the murder of a teenage girl in a small town in the Outback. Ivan Sen (Toomelah) crafts a mesmerising thriller with a stellar Australian cast including Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten and Jack Thompson.

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Aaron Pedersen
as Det. Jay Swan
Jack Thompson
as Charlie Murray
Ryan Kwanten
as Pete Bailey
Tony Barry
as Sergeant
Robert Mammone
as Constable Roberts
David Field
as Mr. Bailey
Bruce Spence
as Jim the Coroner
Jack Charles
as Old Boy
Zoe Carides
as Shirley
Lillian Crombie
as Mrs. MacDonald
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Critic Reviews for Mystery Road

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (10)

Sen (who also shoots, scores and edits) goes walkabout through the minefield of contemporary Australian culture, offering an evocative snapshot of an unravelling crime scene - social, racial and economic.

August 31, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A superior and taut outback adventure, you'd have to go back to Samson and Delilah to find an Australian feature this bonsa.

August 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Slow-burning but very powerful.

August 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mystery Road is a detective story that unspools with languid menace on the widescreen of the Australian Outback.

August 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Director Ivan Sen's fourth feature evokes old westerns, Polanski's Chinatown and other noir classics, but still feels grounded in the dust and dried blood of the Australian soil.

August 28, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This sand-blasted Aussie murder mystery tinkers with genre convention while managing to remain sincere and thrilling.

August 28, 2014 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Mystery Road

Indeed a slow-burning thriller. Not quite up to my taste, though.

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