#SheReviews Force Of Nature: The Dry 2 Movie – Ruth Greening

February 1, 2024

Force of Nature: The Dry 2, is in cinemas on 8 February. Jane Harper, international bestselling author of The Dry turned into a highly successful film, now has her sequel on screen. Undoubtedly she retains her audience and followers in both books and film. 

Filmed in Victoria’s rural Wimmera and Mallee regions, the setting is cold, green and wet, the principal locations, are the Dandenongs, the Yarra Valley and the Otways.

I was lucky enough to attend the preview and already hear the eager followers ask, when is it out?  As soon as we hear the sequel to The Dry we all get excited. Aaron Falk is our favourite detective in both character and actor with Eric Bana returning to the role. 

A star-studded cast: Eric Bana has a list of shows under his belt, The Eric Banner Show, Chopper, Blak Hawk Down, Hulk, Troy, Munich, and The Dry to name a few

Lucky for us, Melbournian, Anna Torv has returned to Australia following successful years internationally in Heavenly Sword, Lost, The Pacific and my all-time favourite series Fringe

Australian-born, Deborra-Lee Furness has made a return to Australian screens playing the role of Jill. Her past movie and TV credits include Shame, Halifax, The Flying Doctors, and Correlli.

Instantly gripping, Force of Nature: The Dry 2 is full of rugged, well-paced suspense, wit, and an emotional atmosphere that is as rocky and rugged as the trails in the bush where grown-up women rather than boys thrash it out in unfamiliar, life-threatening territory. Once again, Jane Harper manages to touch on something mythic in the Australian experience of the land. 

The Story 

Taking part in a corporate hiking retreat deep in the Victorian mountain ranges, five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. 

The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises. When they return, only four come out the other side. It appears none of the others knew where the missing person, Alice, went other than her being disgruntled with the group, and going off on her own.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case – and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with. 

As in The Dry, Aaron Falk returns to a place he is familiar with. In Force of Nature: The Dry 2 old wounds surface in the bush he grew up in as a child. His parents had ensured he could find his way, confident of travelling alone in the forbidding territory. These skills were finally tested, never forgetting the day his mother went missing when he was a boy. 

Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. While he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew as he discovers secrets lurking in the bush. Fragmented childhood memories haunt his consciousness, driving him to find the truth.

Cast and Crew

Eric Bana (Aaron Falk, Falk), Anna Torv (Alice), Deborra-Lee Furness (Jill Bailey), Robin McLeavy (Lauren), Sisi Stringer (Beth), Lucy Ansell (Bree), Jacqueline McKenzie (Carmen), Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (Eric Falk)

Directors: Robert Connolly, Writers: Jane Harper, Robert Connolly 

Producers: Bruna PapandreaSteve HutenskyJodi MattersonEric BanaRobert Connolly 

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