Black Water (2008)
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Three tourists navigating the treacherous swamps of Northern Australia are forced to fight for their lives after a hungry crocodile capsizes their boat and stalks them from the murky depths in this natural horror thriller from directors David Nerlich and Andrew Traucki. It was during a relaxing voyage into the outback that Grace, her boyfriend Adam, and her younger sister Lee decided to venture into an area of the outback rarely seen by tourists. Enlisting the aid of local tour guide Jim, the three thrill seeking travelers eagerly hopped into their boat and set out on what was supposed to be a typical river tour. Later, the leisurely tour becomes a life or death struggle against a deadly predator when the boat capsizes and Jim vanishes into the water without a trace. Stranded in a mangrove swamp without a tour and realizing that a crocodile is circling somewhere beneath the eerily placid surface, Adam pulls Grace up into a tree as Lee clings desperately to the overturned boat. Later, after Lee joins her friends in the trees and Grace realizes that they are completely surrounded by water, the trio quickly realizes that their harrowing experience has only just begun. … More
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Critic Reviews for Black Water
Tapping into the primeval fear generated by these perfectly evolved killing machines, the filmmakers ratchet up the tension, while sustaining our interest in the fate of the trio.
A lack of incisive action takes the teeth out of croc pic...offering too few scares and insufficient tension for audiences to take the bait.
Splendid in its economy, Black Water gets a grip on our senses and never lets go %u2026 the writer/directors portray nature as something wondrous and deadly all at once, which is what it is of course, without guilt, without an agenda %u2013 except surviva
Australian film-makers Andrew Traucki and David Nerlich have done a great job in making the world's most deadly reptile as scary as a shark.
Writer-directors David Nerlich and Andrew Traucki calibrate the tension with creditable skill.
While the when-animals-attack genre has been a staple of direct-to-retail movies for decades now, this tries for a more realistic approach than the usual rubber or CGI reptile's buffet.
There are some nice creepy chills to be had from the directors David Nerlich and Andrew Traucki's low waterlevel camera work, but ultimately the outlandishness of their real-life adventure deadens the visceral impact.
Packs enough shocks to keep you gripped, not to mention a conclusion that refreshingly refutes the genre rulebook.
Lean and mean, this basically does for crocodiles what Open Water did for sharks, Snap it up.
Well acted and all the more engaging for having been based on a true story, ultimately Black Water lacks teeth.
Short, sharp and refreshingly nasty, it's a light antidote to all those heavy Oscar hopefuls clogging up the multiplex.
Watchable crocky horror flick that makes the most of its low budget and simple set-up, though the characters aren't especially engaging and you keep hoping they'll get eaten.
"Black Water" is the scariest film of its type since "Jaws" - you'll wanna strap in for this one ... otherwise you'll be continuously jumping out of your seat. One of the most genuinely scary films I've seen in a long time.
Audience Reviews for Black Water
Movie that started out promisingly but edged into mediocre towards the end. Although the effort have to be appreciated for having made it with out much of a budget and CGI.More
Aussie survival-horror about a bad-ass Crocodile who has a trio of holidaymakers stuck up a tree in the middle of a mangrove swamp fighting for their lives. Apparently based on true events and it's been filmed in a naturalistic way to enhance its believability. However, the Croc did display some deliberate sadistic and sinister behaviour that was probably exaggerated for the film. It's a premise we've seen before but it's a real nerve-shredder and very effectively made - it's low budget works in its favour.More
Wolf Creek with a crocodile. Interesting setting and believable character motivations help make up for some moments of stupidity. Not much violence, more of a suspense film.More
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