the dry movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This Australian crime-drama is certainly best for mature teens. It’s mainly slow and includes violence, but the mystery is compelling and the acting is great.


Aaron Falk returns to his drought-stricken hometown he grew up in to attend a tragic funeral of one of his childhood friends. However, his return leads him to uncover the unsolved death of a teenage girl.

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Movie details

Director: Robert Connolly
Cast: Eric Bana, Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell, John Polson, Joe Klocek, Sam Corlett, Matt Nable
Writer: Robert Connolly, Harry Cripps
Release Date (Australia): 1 January 2021
Runtime: 117 minutes/1h 57m
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Australia
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film contains thematic elements relating to murder and suicide that are strong in impact.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains depictions of blood and wound detail, in addition to violence in the form of shootings and beatings.

Coarse Language (M)

The film features use of the words “bloody”, “d**khead”, “s**t” and “f**k”.

Drug Use (G)

The film contains a verbal reference to “junkies”.

Sex (PG)

The film contains mild verbal sexual references and passionate kissing.

mpaa rating

R (for violence, and language throughout)

Aussie boy's thoughts

It’s easy to believe that Jane Harper probably executed the mystery much better in her novel, considering how slow-burning the final movie is. But it’s completely unreasonable and unfair to begin criticising the pace, only because the theme forms a very gripping, well-crafted and appealing sort of riddle.

Without a doubt, Eric Bana is the best fit for the role of a man returning to his hometown and solving curious tragedies. And honestly, the accompanying cast did just as good of a job as him. One of the most memorable components of The Dry is how brilliant it is when it arrives at circumstances depicting dry areas within an Australian drought and the required Aussie-styled speaking.

Jane Harper’s distracting mystery is The Dry’s focus, but is also the true shining star; there’s an excellent amount of detail and it’s achieved through intelligent storytelling. The only literal flaw is the very slow and dragging rapidity it leads with. As the crime cases are worked through, the pacing only becomes more gripping and entertaining.

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