‘The Dry’ Trailer: Eric Bana Investigates An Old Murder In This Hit Australian Crime Thriller

Shocker of shocker, Eric Bana is a much bigger star in his native Australia than he is here in the United States, even though dude has been the Hulk.  Further evidence of Bana’s popularity at home has been seen during the pandemic when his film The Dry absolutely killed at the box office, becoming one of the highest-grossing Australian films ever. And now it’s headed to our shores courtesy of IFC, so we can check it out for ourselves.

Bana plays a federal agent who returns to his drought-striken hometown to investigate a murder-suicide committed by an old friend, only to find the crime may be linked to another from his past.

Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell, John Polson, Sam Corlett, and Joe Klocek co-star, with Robert Connolly (Balibo) as both writer and director. Some of the reviews have pegged this as a slow-burning thriller and that is definitely the vibe of this trailer. I find Bana is really great at playing characters who are racked with guilt and past trauma, and clearly Australian audiences agreed.

The Dry opens on May 21st.

Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his home town after an absence of over twenty years to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke, who allegedly killed his wife and child before taking his own life – a victim of the madness that has ravaged this community after more than a decade of drought.

When Falk reluctantly agrees to stay and investigate the crime, he opens up an old wound – the death of 17-year-old Ellie Deacon. Falk begins to suspect these two crimes, separated by decades, are connected. As he struggles to prove not only Luke’s innocence but also his own, Falk finds himself pitted against the prejudice towards him and the pent-up rage of a terrified community.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.