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Storm Warning (2007) Review

Storm Warning is a 2007 Australian thriller film directed by Jamie Blanks and starring Nadine Garner, Robert Taylor and David Lyons. The film was released in Australia on 6 September 2007.

The film tells the story of a city lawyer, Caroline (Nadine Garner), who travels to the remote Australian town of Galiwin’ku on business. She becomes stranded there when her car breaks down, and is offered a ride back to town by a local man, Jimmy (Robert Taylor). Caroline soon realises that she is in danger when Jimmy takes her to a deserted house in the middle of the bush, and she is then raped by him.

Caroline manages to escape and makes her way back to town, where she tells the police what happened. However, due to the lack of evidence, the police are unable to do anything. Caroline then takes matters into her own hands and sets out to find Jimmy and make him pay for what he did to her.

The brothers and their crazy pa are just fuckin’ brilliant, menacing as hell, and building from the bizarre and nasty to the downright murderous in scenes that impact and disturb as the poor yuppies get to taste terror and brutality first hand. Any film where a character can conversationally, and with a straight face, remark to someone that this’ll be the first time his brother has had his dick in a human woman – or words to that effect – is worthy of high accolade!

In the desperate struggle for survival that unfolds there’s fear in the air so heavy ya could cut it with a knife, and some scenes that’ll make ya cringe. By the time this puppy is over, a lot of the men watching will be cupping a protective hand over their wedding tackle.

For atmosphere and oppression this is everything the crazy inbred maniacs movie should be, with not just one but three mad fuckers, some great dialog, and a natural flow from terror to death. It ain’t perfect, the yuppie barrister dude is too much of a wimpy git for my liking, and it’s a little predictable – but it’s done damn well and draws ya in to its world nicely.

A fine film, done well, enjoy every moment when it gets going, and mind out ya don’t catch yourself on one of those fish-hooks. Oh, and I hated rottweilers before this, here’s just another reason why the feckers and me will never be buddies.

Storm Warning is an intense and harrowing film that will leave you feeling deeply disturbed. Nadine Garner gives a brave and powerful performance as the victim of rape, and Robert Taylor is chilling as the rapist. The film deals with a very difficult and sensitive subject matter, but it is handled in a tasteful and thought-provoking way.

Synopsis

The film begins with a group of friends, out on a boating trip, who stumble across the dead body of a man floating in the water. They quickly report the body to the police, who launch an investigation. However, when the body is identified as that of a local man who has been missing for weeks, the police are baffled.

The friends, who found the body, decide to take matters into their own hands and try to solve the mystery themselves. They soon discover that the man was involved in a smuggling operation, and that his death was no accident. As they uncover more about the smuggling ring, they realize that they are in over their heads and in danger of becoming the next victims.

With the help of the police, they finally bring the smugglers to justice. But not before they experience some harrowing close calls and learn some valuable lessons about loyalty, friendship, and bravery.

Movie Details

Director: Jamie Blanks
Writer: Everett De Roche
Actors: Nadia Far├Ęs, Robert Taylor, David Lyons, John Brumpton
Release Year: 2007