FORCE OF NATURE: THE DRY 2 – “Another winning dose of simmering suspense and tension”

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RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: Robert Connolly

MAIN CAST

Eric Bana as Aaron Falk
Archie Thomson as young Aaron Falk
Anna Torv as Alice Russell
Deborra-Lee Furness as Jill Bailey
Robin McLeavy as Lauren
Sisi Stringer as Bethany "Beth"
Lucy Ansell as Brianna "Bree"
Jacqueline McKenzie as Carmen Cooper

SYNOPSIS

It is a sequel to the 2020 film The Dry.

Five women head out on a remote hiking retreat but only four return, each telling a different story. Detective Aaron Falk must find out what really happened before time runs out.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Robert Connolly returns to direct a sequel to 2021’s dramatic Aussie thriller, The Dry. And what can I say, he delivers another winning dose of simmering suspense and tension. However, one can’t help but feel it lacks the riveting nature of its predecessor. I get that it is a slow burner (nothing wrong with that), it unfortunately starts to meander around the midway point. There’s also lots of flashbacks, side-quests and tangled plot threads that can make things a bit confounding. Fortunately, the ultra-layered plot (centered mostly around corporate culture) is aided by another understated turn from our lead, Eric Bana. Cool as a cucumber, Bana is the unassuming key to the movie’s emotional connection. And much like how the first film benefited from its distinctive setting (a dusty and drought-stricken Australian landscape), this film’s atmospheric forest backdrop adds immensely to the suspenseful narrative. It’s all very lush, with breathtaking vistas and deep greens on display at nearly every turn. So yes, if you’re looking to unravel a well told mystery, then The Dry 2 is the force of nature for you.

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