MESSAGE MAN

Cert 18 Stars 3

An idyllic island is the setting for this brutal and gory Australian thriller which dresses up a story straight out of a Clint Eastwood western with the glossy modern thrills of a Bond movie.

A retired hitman drifts into a small town on an Indonesian island and when he helps out a poor family in trouble with a local gang, a bloodbath begins involving pistols, bombs, swords and machetes.

Writer and director Corey Pearson provides uncomplicated but effective action while marrying film-craft with style and flashes of humour, I just wish he’d cut to the chase a little sooner.