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Acolytes (2008)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 25 March 2009 (France)
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Three teenagers blackmail a serial killer.

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S.P. Krause, Shayne Armstrong (as Shane Armstrong) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Edgerton ... Ian Wright
Michael Dorman ... Gary Parker
Sebastian Gregory ... Mark
Hanna Mangan Lawrence ... Chasely (as Hanna Mangan-Lawrence)
Joshua Payne Joshua Payne ... James
Belinda McClory ... Kay Wright
Holly Baldwin Holly Baldwin ... Tanya Lee
Anthony Phelan ... Tanya Lee's Dad
Bella Heathcote ... Petra
Sue Dwyer Sue Dwyer ... Ma Parker
Todd Levi ... Detective 1
Danny Baldwin Danny Baldwin ... Detective 2
Harley Bennick Harley Bennick ... Young James
Ryan Sheldrake Ryan Sheldrake ... Young Mark
Leigh Prewecki Leigh Prewecki ... Kay and Ian's Baby
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James Tresswick and Mark Vincent are victims of a brutal bully Gary Parker who has maltreated both boys, marking their bodies and spoiling their young lives. In their last year of high school, James and Mark find a way to stop being victims. They're going to kill Gary; Wandering alone around an isolated forest - the suspected site of the disappearance of a local girl - 17 year old Mark strays upon an adult male filling in a trench. It's suspicious and tantalizing. Mark returns with his friend James and Chasley Keys and they bring shovels to exhume what will probably be rotting garbage or someone's dead pet - or so they tell themselves. They find the ghostly white body of a woman. She's a tourist - a Canadian backpacker. The "trench" is a grave. The "adult male" is her killer. And they've got him by the balls. Responding to Mark's intimations James floats an idea to seek out "the sicko". It'll be a bit of fun. He's confident the guy lives in their suburb; Mark saw his car parked on a ... Written by Armstrong & Krause

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Nothing stays buried forever.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Caçada Sinistra See more »

Filming Locations:

Queensland, Australia

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$860
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2.35 : 1
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This film is considered an Ozploitation picture, an Australian exploitation movie. See more »

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performed by Wolf & Cub
Written by Joel Byrne
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Acolytes: Almost good
23 November 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Acolytes is an Australian thriller, labelled an "Ozploitation" flick I'm still not 100% clear on what an exploitation flick truly is.

It tells the story of a group of friends who blackmail a serial killer. Of course what could possibly go wrong there? It pretty much writes itself.

The movie isn't bad, it just feels a tad disjointed and when the credits rolled there were still a couple of rather important plot points that hadn't been fully addressed and that's really rather frustrating.

Starring Joel Edgerton in a career best performance as our antagonist this neat little thriller looks and sounds the part so it saddens me to say it didn't even remotely meet its potential.

Perfectly watchable stuff but it just missed the mark a tad. I'm left feeling like if the film had an additional 30 minutes it could have been something special but this finished product feels like a book with a couple of chapters ripped out.

Credit to all involved including the young cast, but it just didn't tick all the boxes for me.

The Good:

Decent soundtrack

Hanna Mangan Lawrence and Joel Edgerton

The Bad:

Couple of unanswered questions

Feels disjointed in places

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

The death of his wife clearly pushed Ned Flanders over the edge

Australian teens are naturally more obnoxious than any other nationality!


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