Movie Review – Tomboys (2009)

Tomboys (2009)Five girls kidnap a serial rapist… to seek revenge.

Director: Nathan Hill
Writers: Nathan Hill (screenplay), Stuart Van Eysden (screenplay)
Stars: Candice Day, Naomi Davis and Sash Milne

Following in the tradition of other revenge seeking women movies like I Spit on Your Grave, Tomboys opens with a group of women tying up the man who brutally raped them. Before the opening credits even hit the screen, what they do to him will have most male viewers squirming.

Australia is not known for too many well-known independent horror films, but after a few really interesting recent Australian releases, I will all ready for this film the first time around last year. I was not really into it, but after James D. asked me to review this film for the blog, I gave it another viewing so that I could write a fair review.

My initial feelings about the movie still ring true today. There is some really bad camera work and some horrible sound design. If you can get past these problems, the film does hold some pleasurable moments for the viewer. Okay, perhaps pleasurable may not be the best word to use here.

The twist which occurs very early in the movie was not handled well at all. It is inconceivable to think that things could have shaped out the way that it did, and it became something that really set a bad tone for the rest of the movie for me. To think that a group of people could make such a horrendous mistake is just not feasible by any stretch of the imagination.

After the twist, the film becomes very ho-hum for much of the remainder. There are a few promising parts thrown in for good measure, but much of the film is spent in boring moments.

  • It was a compelling watch, atmospheric and had good acting. It just could have had a better start.