Crushed (2015)

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A young woman returns home to her family vineyard after her father dies in an accident on the winery. But when his death is ruled a murder and her mother becomes the prime suspect she must uncover the truth.

Genre : Mystery/Thriller
Country : Australia

Cast : 
Sarah Bishop : Ellia
Les Hill : David
Remy Brand : Zac

Director : Megan Riakos

My opinion

There are already a number of Australian films that made an indelible impression on me. Even such an impression that I’ve become a little fan of movies originating from this part of the world. Perhaps “Crushed” is the first minor disappointment. Not because it’s an ordinary murder mystery with all associated developments and  necessary turns. But simply because there was something missing to make a perfect investigators story. And that’s suspense, tension and mystery. It wasn’t so to speak exciting and the outcome of the whole story was just predictable. The only surprising part was the quite violent and bloody ending. Actually, I didn’t see that one coming.

Ellia (Sarah Bishops) returns to her family after hearing the terrible news of her father’s death. Apparently a heavy barrel fell on the head of this vineyard owner in Australia. The result isn’t a persistent hangover, but a fatal skull fracture. Ellia left quietly after the death of her twin brother and she has been incommunicado with her family since then. Not surprisingly, the initial contacts appeared to be rather coolly. Not to say hostile. As it turns out that her dad seems to be murdered, her mother Sophie (Roxane Wilson) started to mess around with an uncle (Les Hill) in the Australian bushes and gets arrested because the police finds it suspicious that she wants to sell the family business, Ellia gets caught up in a complicated puzzle.

The first positive side of this film. They don’t beat around the bush. Before you know it, you’re looking at a murder mystery, a family dynasty shaking on its foundations, an unexplained drama out of the past and an erroneous environmental decision causing trouble for plants on the surrounding lands and hostile neighbours. Indeed, it’s alot. And yet it’s a matter of logical elimination to find out who did it. In “Crushed” the simple rule of most murder mysteries is maintained. Those who look most suspicious, are usually the ones who ultimately didn’t do it. So take a close look at the individuals that surround Ellia and choose the person you’d never expect to be the suspect. Bingo.

Despite the abundance of subjects and the sometimes disappointing acting, there were also some good sides to this film. The used images were excellent from time to time. And the denouement was surprisingly brutal with an unprecedented number of casualties as a result. Most notable and outstanding role was played by Remy Brand as the timid and emotionally hurt brother Zac. The only thing that started to annoy me were the amount of consumed glasses of wine. I realize that there is a link with a vineyard, but at one point I had the feeling that wine was the only beverage they could drink there. Or the climate is causing an insufferable thirst. It wasn’t exactly real added value. It’s just that I constantly wondered whether she had a drinking problem or not. Are you a fan of a typical detective story, now happening in the land of kangaroos, then it is worth to see it.

My rating 5/10
Links : IMDB

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