New York Times - 03/26/2004
"The film, shot in somber faded tones by Oliver Stapleton, revels in period details and in the harsh beauty of the Australian landscape."
Los Angeles Times - 03/26/2004
"This handsome production has the grandeur and sweep of a classic western."
Box Office - 05/01/2004
"The classically structured wronged-outlaw tale has a gritty, authentic feel that hearkens back to the rebel Hollywood westerns of the '60s and '70s."
A Western of epic proportions set in 1800s Australia, NED KELLY is Gregor Jordan's remake of the 1970 film that starred Mick Jagger as the notorious outlaw who lead a band of vigilantes in an affront against the Victorian police. Heath Ledger stars here as the beloved folk hero--a bush ranger, cattle thief, and gunslinger of Irish descent--who will go to any length to defend his family and friends from the wrong accusations the police make against them. Becoming a Robin Hood figure with the Kelly Gang (Orlando Bloom and Laurence Kinlan) by his side, the cowboys rob banks and preach to the local people, always trying to prove their mission in fighting for justice. Kelly becomes a symbol of both national pride and lawlessness, and he and his gang are revered by those with a rebellious spirit, and worshipped by young women and plain folks who can relate to them. But they are feared and loathed by the upper classes and the authorities (Geoffrey Rush), who place a bounty on Kelly's head and make it legal for any person to shoot him dead. The final showdown is a fantastic nighttime action sequence that benefits from silvery photography in near total darkness and dramatic, fiery performances. NED KELLY earns its place alongside the best Westerns on celluloid.