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  • Actors: Jason Clarke, Emma Booth, David Lyons
  • Directors: Craig Lahiff
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: High Fliers Films
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090N5RSS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,464 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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While driving cross country for a job interview Colin witnesses a fatal car accident. The driver is alive but shaken; the passenger is dead with a suitcase of cash beside him. When Colin decides to do the right thing and hand the money in to the local police his good deed causes a series of events to unfold that will lead him on a cat and mouse chase with disastrous consequences. A suitcase full of money, a woman, a man; a lot can happen in the middle of nowhere.

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Spectacular action... recalls Alfred Hitchcock and the Coen brothers --Empire Magazine Online

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Aug. 2014
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Swerve is written and directed by Craig Lahiff. It stars Emma Booth, Jason Clarke, David Lyons, Vince Colosimo and Travis MacMahon. Music is by Paul Grabowsky and cinematography by David Foreman.

It was done absolutely no favours by the marketing department, the studio executives clearly not having a clue what sort of film they had on their hands. Even the home format releases are adorned with enticing slogans such as “The New Mad Max” and etc, which is utter tosh and only of use to dupe high energy action film fans into buying the product.

Swerve is a clinical piece of neo-noir, it stabs its tongue into its bloody cheek whilst adhering with great success to the conventional rules of film noir. The characterisations, the triple pronged narrative front and visual ticks are all here, with a healthy slice of sly humour sprinkled over the top of things.

Story will be familiar to purveyors of noir and its devilish off-shoots. Man comes across the remnants of an auto-mobile crash, bringing him into contact with a gorgeous lady and her less than stable husband. Oh and there’s a suitcase full of cash as well. From there it’s welcome to noirville – Oz style, as characters battle hard to keep out of the sticky cobweb woven by Lahiff.

Violence and action marries up with the cunning machinations of the characters, where of course nothing is ever as it seems, the means and motivations shady at best. Grabowsky serves up a quirky music score that probably shouldn’t fit an Australian neo-noir, but it really does, especially upon reflection of the story at pic’s culmination.

Lahiff and Foreman offer up some super cinematography. The Australian vistas are sumptuous, the sun drenched back drops perfect for a sweaty tale of dupe, divide and domination.
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By Lisa J. on 21 Jan. 2015
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Absolute rubbish.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Q Quarters on 3 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
As in ripping off the vastly superior John Dahl directed Red Rock West which starred Nic Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle and JT Walsh. Even If you not have seen this classic neo noir the don't bother with this act of futile plagarism. A script that copies an ex army jobless drifter, backwater small town with no means of escape, dirty money, corrupt local sheriff and his no good femme fatale wife, hit man in pursuit - check all those boxes. Add in low budget, lame direction and duff musical score there is no reason to watch this movie - if you haven't seen it already go check out the source film instead.
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A "Twisty" Australian Thriller That Fails To Surprise With The Requisite Twists 22 Mar. 2014
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
"Swerve" is an Australian movie from 2011 that is just now making its DVD/Blu debut in North America from the Cohen Media Group (a company that has covered some truly great releases). I think it's fair to say that it represents, perhaps, my favorite genre of film. Marketed as a twisty thriller, the story features an appealing cast that includes familiar faces like Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, TV's The Chicago Code, and Showtime's often undervalued Brotherhood), David Lyons (TV's Revolution, The Cape and ER), and Emma Booth (Underbelly). For these movies to really work, the characters have to remain ambiguous and the plot has to have the ability to surprise you. The viewer should never know exactly who is zooming who. And that's what makes these pictures so much fun, they are like puzzles in which you never know what might happen next. Unfortunately, "Swerve" sets up just that scenario but really doesn't know what to do with it. Expecting intricate plotting, I was rather disappointed in just how straightforward (hence rather unimaginative) this turned out to be. It's perfectly watchable, to be sure, but I won't remember a thing about it in a couple of weeks.

I really liked the introductory set-up to "Swerve." In the desolate Australian Outback, three strangers are about to (almost literally) collide. We meet a traveler with car trouble (Lyons), a woman fleeing her home (Booth), and a man having completed a violent drug deal. In one moment, their three cars careen around to avoid an accident and destiny is set in motion. A bag full of money becomes the catalyst for an adventure that will also include a local law enforcement officer (Clarke), curious townies, and bad guys bent on getting the money back. It's a great beginning with a few nice surprises. Lyons seems to be the noble hero, but Clarke's motivations are quite questionable and Booth turns into a quasi-femme fatale. Who's really the bad guy? And who exactly is manipulating who? After the nifty (if somewhat unenergetic) beginning, though, the movie gets increasingly convoluted from a plotting standpoint but still manages to be far too straightforward. I know that's an odd statement! But the twists in this twisty thriller simply fail to originate and that makes for a rather bland and expected experience.

"Swerve," as a movie, has two really strong things going for it. The dusty locales are intriguing and the film's score is jaunty and unusual. Clarke (a great character actor) attempts to infuse the movie's rather somber tone with energy and unpredictability, but Lyons is particularly expressionless and Booth's performance is one note. For a film with sex, violence, and double crosses, it all feels so subdued and passionless. It's not badly done, per se, it just isn't a whole lot of fun. This is probably one of the reasons that the movie has taken so long to arrive stateside despite its recognizable cast. It doesn't offer much new to the game. "Swerve" is undoubtedly one of those movies to be discovered on cable TV or rented as a gamble. You might like it well enough in either of these settings. But it's harder to recommend an outright DVD/Blu purchase. I didn't mind "Swerve," but I can't imagine ever sitting through it a second time. KGHarris, 3/14.
Not sure what happened 24 May 2014
By Joanne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Great premise and I had high hopes for this but it was disappointing. Visually it was very stunning but the characters were vague and I'm just not sure what happened. Was Jina trying to get rid of Colin? Who was the money for? Who was the guy looking for the money? What did the line from the bartender at the end mean? There was a moment when they got to the well and I thought, here's where it picks up - but it never did. Frank seemed more interested in just beating up anyone who looked at his wife. Colin should've hightailed it out of there at the first chance. He didn't seem interested in Jina despite her attempts so why was he hanging around? 3 stars for cinematography, 2 stars for actual plot.
it was ok 17 May 2014
By mistic - Published on Amazon.com
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Doesnt have that wow factor to it. But it is not a bad movie. The ending will blow your mind! lol. It was pretty exciting kept my attention and hey not so bad.
Fun and irony 17 May 2014
By Elizabeth Ann Cox King - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
While not a great film it remains an enjoyable viewing experience. I enjoy the actors in this film, especially David Lyons, who has become one of my favorite actors the last couple of years -- one of those actors who never disappoints. Interesting characters coupled with the kind of story line you expect in these kind of films. The scenery serves as a character in this film, catching your attention and encouraging your eye to roam about the screen. Ultimately, my husband and I enjoyed the reminder that no good deed goes unpunished. A cool ironic ending that made me chuckle. A fun film to watch with friends.
ok movie 26 April 2014
By S. Arnold - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie was ok... though I did fall asleep in the middle of it. There were a couple of twists at the end of this movie, so I'm glad I stuck with it.
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