DVD: Red Hill (15)

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Patrick Hughes's Australian Western pays homage to Clint Eastwood's High Plains Drifter, and John Sturgess's Bad Day at Black Rock, but it is fatally hindered by some poorly orchestrated action, terrible editing and weak characterisation.

Ryan Kwanten's damaged cop Shane Cooper (see what they did there?) takes a job in the supposedly sleepy town of Red Hill to reduce the stress of his wife's pregnancy. Shane soon ends up being caught up in a Death Wish-style bloodbath, inflicted by a disfigured aboriginal, Jimmy Conway. Red Hill, which completely loses it way 30 minutes in, also has the audacity to include some mystical hokum involving a black panther.