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The Pact (2002)

  Directed by: Strathford Hamilton
Written by: Hugh Hamilton O'Brien
Starring: Basia A'Hern, Robert Mammone, Peter O'Brien, Sigrid Thornton
Links: The Pact on the IMDb
Genre: Suspense/Horror/Thriller
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Film 2003 (nominee)

This movie gets: 4.00 (1 rating)
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"I! Am! So! Over! The! Top!" - a review by pearly

This isn't the kinda thing I would have expected from Sigrid Thornton: a thriller of any kind. A pact is made by 4 friends as they are train-surfing one day, and they decide that if they haven't made the world a better place in 15 years, they will end their lives by surfing the train again. After this introduction, flash forward almost 15 years, and the movie focuses on one of these pact-makers (Susan, played by Thornton) as she is met again by another of them (Wilga, played by Robert Mammone), who is trying to get them to keep their promise. But is Wilga a figment of Susan's imagination, or a bad angel come to destroy Susan's life?

Sounds pretty over the top, huh? And it is. The storyline gets so ridiculous along the way that the people sitting in front of me at the cinema started whooping with joy when they could see something crazy was about to happen. Whoops, and screams of laughter: as the film progressed, these became more and more frequent. Everything about the story seemed over done, from the suspenseful parts through to the sex scenes with Thornton and the sickeningly nice character played by Peter O'Brien

I can just picture Hugh Hamilton O'Brien finishing the script, and sitting there smugly, thinking about how neatly all the loose ends had been tied up. And I can also picture the look on his face when he saw the footage and realised that right in the middle of one of these end-tying moments, a moment that it would have been impossible to cut without leaving a gaping hole in the story, right in the middle of the only usable piece of film, was a crew member wearing a bright red bandana and quite obviously standing outside of what is meant to be a moving car, whilst rocking the car to simulate movement. And he's not just visible for a quarter of a second - he's there for pretty much the whole scene - for what seemed like half a minute or more when I was watching it.

Ahhh, the joys of a low budget movie.

pearly gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 24 Sep 2003

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Reader comments

  1. that was i great movie i loved it thanxs

    Rating given: 8

    A comment from Rebecca on Mon 03 Nov 2003 13:34 #

  2. A dreadful movie. Even some decent acting couldn't save this stinker. Worth watching solely for the hilarity of the continuity: the motel owner entering the motel room twice in a few seconds, Sigrid Thornton's seatbelt adventures, the hair cut and dyes that never were, how to dry off after being thrown in a dam. There are plenty more - I don't want to spoil any more surprises! But do watch for Sigrid doing a 360, not a 180 in her stolen HQ when wanting to return the way she came. Also check the name of the 'number 1' financier listed in the credits - is that the Pan Pharmaceuticals guy?

    Rating given: 2

    A comment from Greg on Thu 29 Jan 2004 16:20 #

  3. ok this is gonna sound kinda crazy but im crazy abt basia a hern and can anyboudy help me out over there a mail id or something plz..

    A comment from barry on Mon 16 Feb 2004 18:15 #

  4. Why bother - I'm almost mad about this shockingly terrible movie, nominated for the biggest tryhard movie at the ARIAS.
    What's with the fake american accents - the service station worker and the helpfull guy in the fruit shop, I didn't know there were so many yanks in the bush... who are they trying to reach! This just adds to my total dissatifaction with a movie that I can't believe good actors appeared in. If we are going to make cheap budget genre movies, at least edit out a boom dropping in to the frame and other hilarious inconsistencies.
    A complete waste of time and money - I'm embarrassed to be Australian!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A comment from richie on Wed 28 Apr 2004 23:46 #

  5. Thought was a very good film. Particularly enjoyed seeing Peter O'Brien, thought he was the best part of it. Scenery was wonderful too.

    Rating given: 8

    A comment from jackie on Tue 04 May 2004 19:42 #

  6. is there anyway we could send emails or fan mail to the actors in the movie? i would love to send some fan mail to Basia A'Hern, she's awesome!

    A comment from KT on Tue 13 Dec 2005 20:50 #

  7. come on! this has got to be one of the worst Australian made for USA movies of all time - even worse than "Back Of Beyond" - I was getting pretty sick of the farmer referring to what appeared to be West Gippsland as the "middle of nowhere" - gosh, what the yanks must think a verdant, rich country Oz is if that was meant to be the OUTBACK! complete with power lines and dustless Subarus... and fat sheep. Sigrid, I've been in love with you since The Sullivans - I think you should wipe this one from the filmography

    Rating given: 1

    A comment from MB on Tue 24 Jan 2006 12:28 #

  8. I just saw this on DVD today and I can't believe that Sigrid Thornton appeared in such a piece of crap!

    I had to watch it to the end in a kind of staring at a car wreck kind of way.

    The continuity, the stupid fake American accents, the South Australian registered ute in Peter O'Brien's shed, the driver's headrest in the Range Rover - put in backwards in one seen and the right way in the next.

    Stupid waste of time and money.

    Rating given: 1

    A comment from Andrew on Thu 16 Feb 2006 22:28 #

  9. ** SCENE even **

    A comment from Andrew on Thu 16 Feb 2006 22:30 #

  10. The detail nerds miss the point of this movie. Those of us who've wanted to escape our past will enjoy the ride and the inevitability. Shocking train actionsequences, good acting, good directing.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from dan on Thu 30 Mar 2006 17:02 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 5.00 (6 ratings)

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