ABC Film Challenge – Catch-Up 2021 – D – The Dry (2020) Movie Review ‘Brilliant Mystery’


Director: Robert Connolly

Writer: Harry Cripps, Robet Connolly (Screenplay) Jane Harper (Book)

Starring: Eric Bana, Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell, John Polson, Julia Blake, Bruce Spence

Plot: Aaron Falk returns to his drought-stricken hometown to attend a tragic funeral. But his return opens a decades-old wound – the unsolved death of a teenage girl.

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Dry starts when Aaron Falk (Bana) returns to his childhood town after his old friend and his family is murdered in what looks like a murder suicide. This trip for Aaron will make his face his past around an unsolved murder from his teenage years, one that included his friend.

With half the town hating him, Aaron is asked to look into these latest murders, where he will get to the bottom of what really happened, which will see him pushing people who still believe he was involved in the murder.

Thoughts on The Dry

ThoughtsThe Dry will follow a disgraced member of a town that will return to try and figure out who was behind the murder of his old friend and his family, while facing the demons of what he once did or covered up in the town. This is the type of mystery that will offer up plenty of potential suspects, which will keep us guessing along, without giving away everything like many other mystery might well do. The fact that Aaron continues to help on the case, despite the fact most of the town hates him, shows the dedication he will give to make the story come out, but his guilt will hold everything back from him. This is a film covered in brilliant performances from everyone involved, with Eric Bana shining in the leading role. The location being used is a draught covered town, that will show how desperate the people in the town might become, but also how much a community they will have created together. This is a mystery that will bring everything to the table to keep us trying to unpick the story and find out who was behind the murders.

Final ThoughtsThe Dry is a brilliant mystery, one that keeps us guessing as to what will happen next.

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