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Amazon has done another excellent job giving us the basics of this story and who the big stars are, so I keep my summary very brief. A small handful of sightseers have their boat nearly destroyed by a rogue croc and they take refuge on a small island that will quickly disappear under the rising tide in a river basin area in Australia. It really is that simple of a story, but superbly executed by the cast of familiar faces, especially the lovely and talented Radha Mitchell from Silent Hill, the director who is famous for Wolf Creek, terrific photography, and outstanding special effects that are used sparingly but effectively.
This is one intense thriller. The last "us against it" thriller that I enjoyed this much was Prey. In regards to croc films, this isn't quite as good as Lake Placid, but it is far superior to the more recent Primeval. The film isn't, however, especially graphic for it's genre. More seems to happen off camera, but that doesn't reduce the intensity one bit. Rent or buy this one, personally, I think it's a keeper as it has repeat value.
The DVD in Australia (this American release doesn't give details of what's on it) comes with some great making of the film documentaries. If you can check it Amazon's version does as well, if it doesn't and your DVD played is multizone, order the Australian version instead.
The film is well shot and the two fake robot crocodiles used for the film (see them in the special features) look so realistic the actors visibly shook with fear when filming shots next to them even though they knew they were machines. Robot animal technology has come a long way from Bruce (the up close unrealistic looking shark used in Jaws interaction with human shots). Real crocodiles in the background of the film add to the authentic look as well.
The first third of the film shows some great Northern Territory wildlife and landscapes and does resemble real tours that do go on up there. Unfortunately for these tourists (made up of Americans, British and city living Australians) when they respond to a distress flare and go up a restricted river forbidden to tour boats, a large 7 metre crocodile takes exception to their intrusion into his territory. Their boat is wrecked and they are left on an island that will be underwater when the tide comes in.Read more ›
After the huge success of "JAWS", producers have been trying to capitalize on the undersea horror genre. There have been quite a number of underwater horror films about killer crocodiles recently; "Lake Placid", "Primeval" and "Crocodile", among others. "ROGUE" is another horror film about a huge crocodile and while this film may follow the usual stereotypical plot that have plagued the genre for many years, it does have its redeeming moments. It had a very limited theatrical release perhaps because the producers felt that audiences may be a little tired of the "croc on a rampage" storyline?
Pete (Michael Vartan) is a reporter on assignment in the Australian outback. He decides to take a scenic boat tour led by Kate (Radha Mitchell), along with a bunch of other tourists. The folks are enjoying themselves, they take in the sights, swat flies, watch salt water crocs socialize (in a way) with other tourists. During the tour, Kate spots a signal flare and decides to investigate. Once in the secluded site, the group of people realizes that they are in the territory of a monstrous saltwater crocodile that swiftly sinks their boat. The tourists find themselves at the mercy of a huge predator who has a taste for human flesh and the rising waters on a tiny slump of land.
I know what you're thinking, the film must be a rethread of previous monster flicks and there is nothing to see here. Well, the film is written/directed by Greg McLean, also responsible for the torture flick "Wolf Creek". I'm not exactly sure how you felt about that film but I thought "Wolf Creek" wasn't a real effective thriller.Read more ›
The first thing I love about this film is the beautiful shots of the environment(in this case Australia and the Northern territory).These shots make you feel like wow there are still some amazing places that really haven't been used by mankind.The film starts out with Pete(played by Michael Vartan)joining a tourist group lead by Kate for a river tour of the northern territory.The Northern territory is home to the saltwater crocodile.Once the tour starts they see a bunch of crocodiles in the water and see how some of them can even leap out of the water.Kate goes on to how not to worry about the boat cause they won't ever attack anything bigger than themselves.
At the end of the tour they see a distress flare and Kate decides to see what it is,only thing is its in a territory where they shouldn't go.They see a boat that is smashed and floating and then bam a huge crocodile smashed their boat from underneath.They are forced to abandonm the boat on a small island,only thing is its a tidal island and once the tide comes in they will be in the water.The boat is broken and the crocodile takes the first of its victims.Eventually we learn that this crocodile has marked this as his territory and will kill anyone that invades it.
Without giving the end away I must say I was impressed by all the suspense.Its slow buildups,not just bam,bam,bam they are all dead with no buildup.You actually feel for most of the characters.I also liked how the director made this film as realistic as possible.That was his goal as we learn in the special features.Also,the crocodile really looks unbelievably real.Read more ›
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i received the item in very good condition and it plays very well.Published 1 month ago by beth maloney
A good crocodile film, very good picture an decent sound. Worth a watch an purchase if you can get it cheap.Published 5 months ago by Edward Smith
The best "Jaws type" movie since, well...Jaws. Great Aussie, bloody romp.Published 6 months ago by R. Bobbie
If you like great scenery and like crocks you will love this movie.One of my favorite Horror movies.Dont pass this one up it is a lot better than most movies. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Troy Ossowski
I was looking for this movie for quite a while
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This really was a pretty good creature movie. I didn't expect much when I watched it on Netflix but once it started I was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 8 months ago by S. Daffron
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