Romantic English couple meets a disarming American psychopath while vacationing in Australia.



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Complete credited cast:
Sondra (as Yvonne Strzechowski)
Jessica Lemon ...
Teenage Cashier
Zoe Tuckwell-Smith ...
Zander Hey ...
Tony Barry ...
UTE Driver


A contemporary psychological thriller in which a young British couple travelling through the Australian outback becomes involved with a mysterious and charismatic American whose motive for imposing his friendship upon them becomes increasingly suspect and sinister. Written by Anonymous

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The trip of a lifetime.


Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 March 2007 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Viaje a lo inesperado  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The last motel that the 3 stayed at in the movie is located on Werna Street, Winton, Australia. The building has changed very slightly in appearance (as in 2008), the staircase that we see Sophie walk up and down is not there and a small new building is now situated where Taylor parked the van on arrival. See more »


When Sophie tries to escape in the van, she is having problems starting the van. She is using her right hand to switch the key ignition on. When she stalls again afterwards and Taylor tells her to start it in neutral, her hands are clearly on the steering wheel when the van starts. See more »


Taylor: Man, I'm so hungry I could eat my own ass.
Alex: [laughs] We'll go halves.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »


Performed by The Broken Family Band
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pretty good
22 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

I didn't know what to expect from this movie, and knew very little about it; only that it was a thriller, and a bit of the storyline. Now that I've seen it, I have to say I'm very positively impressed.

The movie follows Brits Alex and Sophie on a road trip around Australia. They've both agreed to meet in Australia, and, before they do so, Alex has met Taylor, a mysterious American who offers to drive him around. The movie has a very fitting introduction about how the two boys meet in a fun atmosphere, which gradually becomes gloomier and full of menace as we find out about Taylor's dark side.

It's plain to see that the story isn't original at all, but it is very well and efficiently told. As other commenters have pointed out, one of the movie's great points is that Taylor's psychotic personality is revealed subtly and slowly, which makes him all the more believable. Also, while not original, the movie isn't all that predictable and the suspense is very well carried along. The acting is also very good; I especially liked Amelia Warner as Sophie. I also found it remarkable that the settings -it's located in some of Australia's deserts, of extreme and solitary beauty- and the fact that it's almost exclusively based on three characters come together admirably to produce a feeling of isolation, claustrophobia and paranoia.

The only real weak point about the movie is the lack of character development; I was left wanting to know more about them. This, however, didn't stop me from enjoying it. It's a nice little surprise that I recommend to all thriller lovers.

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