Overly convoluted but rich in character
- Downriver review by AER
Overly convoluted Australian drama that tries hard to present interesting characters but everybody on show bar a few are awful people. It's an interesting angle, that of the murderer trying to solve his own crime. As a child, James has a hand in drowning a child with a friend, but then he has an epileptic fit and the dead child's body goes missing. 10 years later he tries to discover how much involvement his friend had in the crime. The trouble is a local fmaily is trying to throw him off the scent, What are their reasons for doing so?
The cast are uniformly good, and the plot is quite murky, so you need to pay attention to connect all the parts together, as there is a lot behind the scenes that you only glimpse. There are lots of lengthy sex scenes in Downriver which don't seem to add anything to the plot - with an already slim running time, the makers could have revealed more of the story. Reef Ireland, Thom Green, Kerry Fox (LITTLE JOE / AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE / SHALLOW GRAVE), and Robert Taylor (THE MATRIX) are all brilliant, especially the latter as a truckie who has a sensitive insight into James' plight. The cryptic ending will anger some viewers.
However if you like Australian dramas like Jindabyne, Beautiful Kate, or Lantana, then this is a worthy addition to the canon.
7 out of 10
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