Mystery Road

It would appear roadkill is on the menu.
It would appear roadkill is on the menu.

Jay (Aaron Pedersen – who else?) is an Aboriginal cop who returns to his country town following detective training, and is thrown immediately into a murder case. A dead Indigenous girl has been found in a culvert; she was a friend of his teenage daughter, who lives with Jay’s estranged wife.

Jay discovers a drugs link, but his investigation is hampered by the fact that he’s mistrusted equally by the Indigenous community and the white police force.

This modern-day outback Western captures the country-town racial tensions and atmosphere, but it suffers from underdeveloped characters and a story whose believability lapses more than once. But it’s a genre with potential. 6/10

Released October 15, 2013.

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