Killing Ground follows a couple who falls upon an abandoned campsite with a malnourished child. As they grow suspicious that something terrible has happened, two malicious men seek out the remains of the crime scene to rid the grounds of the evidence, including the newly arrived couple.
Killing Ground Review
Australia has an incredible knack for making disturbing thrillers. They are, in fact, so disturbing that they fall into the category of horror. But fewer films have the power to pull in my emotional investment like Australian films. Red Hill, The Horseman, The Snowtown Murders, The Loved Ones...the list goes on. And now we can add Killing Ground to the list.
If Killing Ground has any flaw, it's that the content can be so realistically disturbing that it is difficult to shake. It's amazing how little the camera needs to show to drive home the abhorrent behavior of its antagonists. It's to the point that the film has virtually no replay value, yet has a significant manner of expectant recommendation.
The Pulp Fictionesque storytelling of the first hour keeps gradual rising tension at a perfectly smooth pace, as it breaks for a thrilling and intense half hour of "what's going to happen next?" The filmmaking is very impressive, but I would expect little else from a country that is superb at delivering top-notch productions in genres of film that America tends to neglect with such quality at times.
The acting brings together scenes that are emotionally and psychologically vicious. The most brutal moments of the film, beyond the actions of our evil-doers, are the decisions made by other characters. And it's these moments, that feel too real, that stick with you after the movie is over. I still can't shake them now. Would I do the same thing?
Australia has a knack for tackling moral dilemmas and the darkness of humanity in a way that is visceral and heartbreaking. It's not just about brutality for its own sake. It's expressing the challenges of the bridge between the purely evil and the upstanding of society. Are we any better when we can't or won't do anything? Would we?