GOLDSTONE, the award-winning new feature from Australian auteur Ivan Sen (Mystery Road), is a complex and stylish crime thriller that explores themes of racism, human trafficking, police corruption, corporate malfeasance, and the trampling of indigenous people’s rights. On the trail of a missing person, troubled indigenous detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen, Mystery Road) finds himself in the small mining town of Goldstone, where he is arrested for drunk driving by local cop Josh (Alex Russell, CBS’s “S.W.A.T.”). When Jay’s motel room is blasted with gun fire, it becomes clear that something larger is at play. While struggling to overcome their mutual distrust, Jay and Josh uncover a web of crime and corruption, which leads directly to the town’s cold-blooded Mayor (two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook) and its smarmy gold mine director (David Wenham, Lord of the Rings).
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I wasn't a huge fan of Mystery Road, the movie which Goldstone is the sequel to. I did feel it had a lot of potential however with a good setting for crime noir in outback Australia and an equally interesting protagonist in Aboriginal police officer Jay Swan.
Goldstone continues to highlight that director Ivan Sen knows how to shoot a movie, capturing the rugged beauty of the outback with stunning shots. The setting becomes a character in itself, the isolation of the universe Swan lives in breathing and exhaling from his quiet tough guy demeanor.
When Jay shows up in a tiny mining town to look into a missing girl, he is soon under everyone's radar including the local constable, a shady mine boss, and the greasy mayor. His only ally seems to be a local elder who seems to know more about Jay then Jay does and as events play out, its equal parts a study in what made Jay into the outcast he is as well as what happened to the subject of his investigation. It makes for an interesting spin on the genre, even if it stumbles at times with wtf moments.