2010 Running time: 103 Certificate: 12 Not yet rated

Synopsis

Seven Australian teens return from a camping holiday in the bushlands only to find that their country's been invaded. Despite no combat training and romantic issues, they're determined to repel the vicious invader. It's Red Dawn Oz-style, sport. Australia and Pirates of the Caribbean writer Stuart Beattie adapts John Marsden's teen novels to provide a handsome-looking glimpse of what the future could be if Australia was invaded and the cast of Home and Away were ordered to attack.

Director

  • Stuart Beattie

Cast

  • Rachel Hurd-Wood

  • Caitlin Stasey

  • Lincoln Lewis

  • Ashleigh Cummings

  • Chris Pang

Review

Neighbours. Everybody needs good neighbours, goes the traditional Australian folk song.

Well, here the neighbours - a sort of pan-Asiatic invasion force known as The Coalition - aren't good. They're very bad indeed.

After launching an airborne attack on Oz, they've interned the locals (a shot to the head deters any would-be rebels) and set about plundering the country's natural resources.

The town of Wirrawee is among the key strategic towns acting as a bridgehead for the occupying force...but the invaders don't count on a handful of locals fighting back.

A gang of teens led by ballsy chick Ellie (Caitlin Stasey) marshall themselves into a guerrilla force and use whatever comes to hand - lawnmowers, garbage trucks, oil tankers - to hinder the enemy.

Stronger on characterisation than plot, debut director Stuart Beattie (the writer on Australia and Pirates of the Caribbean) shows that internal bickering is just as dangerous as the unknown enemy they're facing.

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