Director: Greg Mclean
Cast: Radha Mitchell, Michael Vartan, Sam Worthington,
John Jarratt, Stephen Curry, Mia Wasikoska
RunTime: 1 hr 36 mins
Released By: GV
Rating: NC-16 (Some coarse language and disturbing
Opening Day: 3 April 2008
Pete is an American travel writer reporting on the booming
tourist industry in the Northern Territory. While taking a
river cruise he finds himself stuck with a collection of interesting
characters, including Kate, the beautiful local tour guide.
There is an immediate attraction between the tow, but when
their boat is rammed by something from below, the tour is
thrown into disarray and they become stranded on a tiny mud
island. As night falls and the tide starts to rise, the group
slowly realise they are being stalked by a huge saltwater
crocodile, beginning a terrifying struggle for survival in
one of the most remote places in the world.
Come on, you weren’t going to take this movie seriously,
were you? It doesn’t take a very clever viewer to tell
that this movie has “B-grade” spelt all over it.
The not-very-creative title tells us that the creature is
abnormally savage, and the not-so-creative poster tells us
that that there will be a substantially high body count by
the end of the movie. Just in case you think that we are self-righteously
picky about genres like this, we will say there are some truly
enjoyable moments in the movie. And we truly mean it.
the considerable success that was Wolf Creek (2005), Greg
Mclean returns to make this movie set in the scenic outback
of Australia. A group of tourists go on a leisure wildlife
cruise and get their boat overturned by a huge crocodile.
They get stranded and yes, because they are in a group, they
get eaten up one by one. Actually, we were expecting more
people to die, but that’s not exactly the sanest thing
to point out.
from the first few shots of this movie shot in Australia,
you may mistake it for a wildlife documentary. We love the
extreme close-ups of the animals, the breathtaking scenery
of the marshes and jungles, and everything looks serene and
peaceful... until one buffalo is pulled underwater by a crocodile’s
the story begins. Michael Vartan’s (Monster-in-law,
One Hour Photo) American tourist appears into the scene and
witnesses newspaper clippings in a run-down bar. We learn
that he is a travel writer and is seemingly enthusiastic about
going on such expeditions, that is, in a later hilarious scene,
we learn that he is not the type of travel writer we had imagined
him to be. Enter Radha Mitchell’s (Feast of Love, Silent
Hill) caricatured tough babe character that steers the ill-fated
boat. Unbothered by the annoying flies around her, she brings
Vartan and the group of tourists played by a relatively unknown
cast. This is when you’d expect them to be disposed
one by one throughout the movie’s 92 minutes.
the characters are not exactly Oscar material, Vartan and
Mitchell fare fairly well in the limited scope – in
fact, well enough to make you feel for the flatly-written
B-grade movie characters.
are a few genuinely intense and breath-stopping sequences
which although predictably played out, makes the viewer experience
the exhilaratingly guilty pleasures of B-grade movies.
how can we forget the titular rogue crocodile? When we first
see its menacingly spiky tail whipping the waters, we felt
a sense of threat and peril. Then we see it in its full glory
during the movie’s finale. The part mechanized, part
computer generated bulky creature is a typical B-grade monster
which commits the typical stupid mistake to get itself killed.
on, when Mitchell’s character gets whisked off after
one-odd hour into the movie, you also know that she will return
somehow – she didn’t get top billing for nothing,
you know. This is when we are affirmed that we are watching
a B-grade movie, and it’s no use setting high expectations
and being overly serious about the whole thing.
B-grade movie through and through, this rogue reptile delivers
typical B-grade scares)
Review by John Li