Mystery Road is a 2013 Australian series of six one-hour episodes.
8 out of 10 stars. It had my family enthralled. The ending could’ve been better, though.
It starts with a jeep in the middle of nowhere with the ignition turned on. The two young men in the Jeep are missing.
At first they begin searching for the missing young men until they find evidence that they were abducted from the site.
There are two side plots. One of the protagonists, the chief detective Emma, is the sister of Tony Ballantyne who owns the quarter of a million acre cattle station where this takes place. (In fact they both own it.) On that land is a place called Black Springs where a tragedy occurred 100 years ago. That ties into part of the film.
The second subplot is about a brutal rape and beating that took place 10 years ago. One of the missing young men was the nephew of the man who was wrongly imprisoned for the crime and he’s been trying to prove his uncle’s innocence. (He is innocent, btw.)
The acting was great. I’m not a fan of Judy Davis, but she was excellent in this role, a little quirky but then so is the character. The plot keeps a steady pace and the writing was pretty good. There were no really dumb parts and no plot holes. It’s hard to keep track of how much time has passed, but it seems like the entire six hours takes place over the course of two weeks which is pretty fast for an police investigation.
8 out of 10 stars. Give it a watch.