Bana shines in small-town thriller

Eric Bana stars in The Dry

The Dry, adapted from the 2016 debut novel by Jane Harper, is a thriller that captures the spirit and heart of regional Australia. Source: Jesuit Media.

Eric Bana takes the lead role of a Federal Police officer who returns to his home town after a long absence and becomes caught up in the town’s prejudices and fears about criminal events that have occurred in the town.

Australian Federal Police detective Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) has been absent from his home town for more than 20 years and returns to pay his respect to his best childhood friend, Luke Hadler, at the funeral of Luke and his family.

Falk’s fictional home town of Kiewarra is a struggling farm community, and Luke was reputed to have killed his wife and son, before taking his own life. Pressured by Luke’s grieving parents, who refuse to accept their son’s apparent murder-suicide, Falk reluctantly agrees to investigate the alleged crime, and his motivation gathers pace after he learns secrets that are held by those living in the town. Their stories arouse in him strong suspicions that Luke was not guilty of the terrible destruction of his family that occurred, but everyone in the town, including Aaron Falk, has lied in the past for some reason.

The plot of the movie is complex but tightly controlled by the film’s director, Robert Connolly, and Eric Bana plays the lead role in quiet, self-reflective style, and signals his conflict and determination by subtle use of verbal and nonverbal cues.

The plot captures the spirit and heart of regional Australia. Viewers are shown depressed farmers desperately trying to survive in a parched land, ravaged by drought and bushfires, and holding prejudices about past events that are firm and unyielding.

Reviewed by Peter W. Sheehan, Jesuit Media

The Dry: Starring Eric Bana, Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell, James Frecheville, Jon Polson, Bruce Spence, Joe Klocek, and BeBe Bettencourt. Directed by Robert Connolly. Rated MA15+. Restricted (Strong themes and violence). 117 min. In cinemas January 1.

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