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Daniel Krige ...
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Wayne Walker ...
Ute Driver
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Charlie Sparkles
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Radio Operator
Robert Whiteside ...
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A man is kidnapped from his city home in the quiet hours of the night and, the kidnapper, John Kelly, embarks on a journey into the Australian Outback towards the place where his hostage is due for delivery. As time and distance roll by, the strength and endurance of both men will be tested to the very end. Written by Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan

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AUD 1,150,000 (estimated)
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The movie reflects the rivalry between fans of the motor vehicle makes, Ford and Holden, which is prominent in Australia. John (from the city) drives his red Ford Fairmont into a rural Australian environment that is Holden country - Roscoe, the police officer, wears a belt with Holden buckle; the petrol station owner's t-shirt proclaims the superiority of Holdens; the vehicle that spots the Ford is a Holden with the word emblazoned across its rear. See more »

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When John is shot, he is holding a rifle. When he is seen laying by the car, it is clearly a saw off shot gun. See more »

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Eli: What are you gonna do?
John: [He Ignores him and continues to duct tape Eli's hands]
Eli: What are you gonna do?
[More frustrated]
John: [Continuing to ignore him, he holds him down tighter]
Eli: What are you gonna do?
[Now yelling]
John: [Finally acknowledges him] Deliver you.
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Don't Count Your Chickens Before They're Hatched
Written by C. Walker
Performed by Cindy Walker and the City Slickers
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This film leaves me stranded in the Australian outback.
6 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an unusual adventure with striking scenes of the Australian outback. Travis McMahon (who plays a kidnapper) and David Lyons (a hostage) carry most of the film. There is an interesting exchange between the kidnapper and the hostage, which captivates the viewer, as the two travel to the kidnapper's destination. Bryan Brown (who plays Rosco) provides excitement, as he adds twists to the story, and is vital to the film's surprise ending. Rosco, a law officer, carries destiny and his own brand of justice. Will the kidnapper and the hostage arrive at their intended destination? And, will the kidnapper be able to safely return to his home, his wife, and his young daughter?

The direction and writing, by Jasmine Yuen Carrucan, is good. But, the story is not fully developed, and I found the ending to be incomplete. The film's ending left me, and the two main characters (the kidnapper and the hostage), in suspended animation. People are killed, and they just seem to disappear, without a trace. In addition, the flashbacks in the film are confusing to me, and I don't know what their relationship is to the film's storyline. It is for these reasons that I rank this film a 7 out of 10. The film has potential but, as a viewer, I was kidnapped and don't really know why. The film is a puzzle, without all of the pieces, but see if you can try to piece it together. I definitely can't.


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