This is a very odd movie.
Technically it is near perfect - beautifully lit, well shot, sound is great, very well edited, and yet.....
While the filming is so good you can practically smell the Australian bush, the scenery spectacular, the script is, well, rubbish.
The lines are delivered in a monologue style, dull and expressionless, weakly spoken and at a strange, high pitch.
Knowing one of the actors personally, I can attest to the fact his voice is nowhere near as weak and high-pitched as it sounded on screen.
The film comes across as a project for a film school, one that should attract high marks for technical ability and direction, but not for mainstream or commercial release.
With a good script and strong acting, this film would have been a gem.
On the lonely back roads of rural Australia a deadly secret from the past awaits returned soldier Sergeant Ben Cross. Vincent Malek, a cruel and uncompromising killer forces Ben to play his deadly game. Relentlessly hunted through unforgiving terrain, Ben must draw on all his strength to survive, and unravel the truth along the way. The ultimate psychological chase film with revenge at its core, The Backpacker is a thriller in the same chilling vein as the late 60's box office sensation 'Deliverance'. As Malek hunts Ben relentlessly through his forest hunting ground in a gruesome game of cat and mouse, the action revolves around one crucial question: how far would you go for revenge...
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