Van Diemen’s Land (2009) Film Review

In 1822, a group of convicts escape captivity and try to battle Tasmania’s wilderness for freedom. Things go badly.

It’s based on a true story, and I loved the gothic feel of this. The darkness and cold and terror of the men. But I felt that some parts just got skipped over – I missed a few deaths and disappearances, and found that I had to keep rewinding (I was watching on DVD) to figure out what happened. I don’t think it was my concentration, but perhaps it was because it was so hopeless and dark and slow. Regardless, it’s one of those films that I really liked, although I’m not sure that liked is quite the right word. I appreciated.

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