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In this assured Australian thriller a middle-aged Croatian hitman, wearing a Stetson and bearing a striking resemblance to Roman Polanski, comes to an outback town to kill the sleazy owner of a filling station. He gets involved intentionally with a nasty pub-owner and accidentally with a sweet-natured barmaid. The feature debut of writer-director Paul China and his producer brother, Ben, both born and educated in Britain, the film borrows shamelessly from the Coen brothers' debut, Blood Simple, for its mood and plot, and from Hitchcock's Psycho for the screeching, all-string music of Bernard Herrmann. There's little originality but a decent amount of suspense, a great deal of blood and some promise.

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