• Year:2009
  • Rating:M
  • Director:David Denneen
  • Cast:Travis Fimmel, Phillip Holder, Stephen Moyer, Teresa Palmer
  • Release Date:April 02, 2009
  • Distributor:Filmgraphics
  • Running time:94 minutes
  • Film Worth:$11.50
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"...edgy, ambitious nail-biter..."


Let's look at the stars of the new Australian thriller, Restraint: Teresa Palmer is famous for dating radio maverick and man-with-bigger-hair-than-Tina-Turner, Russell Brand. Travis Fimmel is famous for modelling underpants. Oh, and playing Tarzan. You could forgive a reviewer for being slightly underwhelmed at the prospect of watching this movie...especially when they discover that the film's writer last worked on McLeod's Daughters. Isn't it nice to be surprised, though? Restraint is an edgy, ambitious nail-biter that keeps you poised to slip off the couch the whole way through.

The cast are actually surprisingly good, even though you might hate them for being so beautiful. Palmer, as stripper Dale, seems to earn her place as one of Australia's 30 "Stars Of Tomorrow" in Screen International, and makes you remember why she was nominated for an AFI in 2006 for 2:37. Indeed, all the characters play as genuine, intriguing and three-dimensional - a credit to the script and the fine acting. The story may read like a generic tale of hostages, crooks on the run, murder and mayhem, but Restraint is much more than that. It's a surprise and a delight, and definitely a vehicle for true stars in the making.

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