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Greg McLean's first acclaimed tour de force, Wolf Creek, took audiences on a fact-based road trip through the darkest parts of the Australian Outback. Journeying home again, this time to the crocodile infested waters of Australia's remote wetlands, the director's wildlife boat tour is more a down-under Jaws than Crocodile Dundee. Joining a beautiful local tour guide (Radha Mitchell) and an American writer on assignment (Michael Vartan), the rest of this thriller's food chain is rounded out by a group of tourists and adventure seekers. Waiting in vain to be rescued on an ever-disappearing parcel of dry land, you will never guess their next move...as terror lies just beneath the surface.
Rogue is a ripper of a thriller. From its evocative, economical title to its bright and breezy end credits pop song (Never Smile at a Crocodile) Rogue delivers everything you could want from a high class creature feature/adventure thriller. Sensational images of the Northern Territory (bookings are assured) counteract any nerves that potential tourists might have about croc danger, and give us a cinematic joy ride, helped aloft by Francois Tetaz' wonderful, rich and melodic orchestral score. The music also adds a couple of million dollars worth of grandeur...Radha Mitchell is totally captivating as the young tour guide, delivering a great mix of confident Territorian and sensitive human being. She and Vartan work well together, and the gentle romantic undercurrent is neatly handled. John Jarratt, McLean's baddie from Wolf Creek, is a tubby, grieving widower, while Sam Worthington plays a lout with a heart of gold in style. Indeed, all the supports are tops, notably a darkly comic Stephen Curry and edgy Damien Richardson...Superb cinematography and production design complement McLean's sophisticated cinema skills (and Jason Ballantine's faultless editing), often demonstrated in small and simple things like detail shots and framing, and most importantly in a film like this, what NOT to show.
Andrew L. Urban
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Brian Orndorf, DVD Talk
...a delight...a satisfying, skilled entry in the water-based terror genre.
Richard Kuipers, Variety
A competent horror yarn filmed in eye-catching Aussie outback locations.
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