Movie Review: ‘Strangerland’

Review by Monique Thompson

A family finds their dull life in a rural outback town rocked after their two teenage children disappear into the desert, sparking disturbing rumors of their past.

New to the remote Australian desert, neglectful parents Matt and Catherine Parker are shook up when their teenage children vanish into the desert the night before a dust storm. The couple and the locals of their neighborhood must now try to search for the adolescents amidst the lingering darkness and dust left from the dust storm. The search winds up drawing suspicions and legends that cause many to begin to question the couples credibility.

Sadly, Strangerland is quite melodramatic and dreary. It stays stagnant the whole way through and almost seems like the characters are as far from civilization as possible. Set in the sweltering Australian deserts, unfortunately the film fails to escape the desolation of the desert. It almost makes you wonder why Nicole Kidman would take on this character that lacks so much substance. With a run time of almost two hours, quite bluntly, it’s very grueling getting through.

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