Movies Like The Last Wave

Opening

97% Guardians of the Galaxy Aug 01
—— Get On Up Aug 01
91% Calvary Aug 01
—— Behaving Badly Aug 01
50% Child Of God Aug 01

Top Box Office

58% Lucy $43.9M
61% Hercules $29.8M
91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes $16.8M
57% The Purge: Anarchy $10.5M
42% Planes: Fire And Rescue $9.5M
18% Sex Tape $6.1M
17% Transformers: Age of Extinction $4.7M
16% And So It Goes $4.6M
23% Tammy $3.5M
90% A Most Wanted Man $2.7M

Coming Soon

—— Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Aug 08
—— Step Up: All In Aug 08
—— Into The Storm Aug 08
—— The Hundred-Foot Journey Aug 08
86% What If Aug 08

New Episodes Tonight

73% Chasing Life: Season 1
—— Covert Affairs: Season 5
88% Finding Carter: Season 1
67% Matador: Season 1
—— Perception: Season 3
—— Pretty Little Liars: Season 5
—— Rizzoli & Isles: Season 5
—— Royal Pains: Season 6
—— Sullivan & Son: Season 3
57% Tyrant: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

—— The Fosters: Season 2
—— Hit the Floor: Season 2
—— Longmire: Season 3
—— Major Crimes: Season 3
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
—— Switched at Birth: Season 3
67% Teen Wolf: Season 4
62% Under the Dome: Season 2

Certified Fresh TV

85% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
83% Extant: Season 1
79% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1
92% Manhattan: Season 1
100% Masters of Sex: Season 2
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
97% Orange is the New Black: Season 2
97% Orphan Black: Season 2
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
85% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

The Last Wave Reviews

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Pierluigi P

Super Reviewer

December 19, 2011
A haunting character study about a pragmatic man who slowly becomes a believer the hard way. Engulfed by visions that connect him with the mysteries of the aboriginals and an apocalyptic prophecy. Not as well known as 'Picnic at hanging rock' but certainly better.
thefog1331
thefog1331

Super Reviewer

February 22, 2009
Eerie apocalyptic thriller based loosely on Aboriginal mythology and with a none too subtle commentary on man's treatment of the planet.
Weir's best film besides Fearless (no not the Jet Li movie).
GabrielKnight
August 11, 2013
An haunting story, part mystery and part thriller, set in Australia. Few movies manage to create such eerie atmosphere of dread and impending disaster.
akiradan
February 12, 2013
Slow to get started, and pretty slow in general, but now without its charms. There some very compelling scenes and images, and the aura of mysticism lent by its focus on Aboriginal magic and ethereal score lend it a unique atmosphere. Unfortunately it's a bit on the boring side.
magicstars1
October 30, 2012
Wonderful and as realistic as a movie like this can get. Shows real Australian Aborigine culture and beliefs. Most of the cultural ideas in here come straight from the two actual tribesmen acting in the movie! Again, awesome job from Peter Weir.
TonyPolito
December 12, 2010
Act III of the "Mystic Outback" trilogy out of the 1970s Australian Film Renaissance, following up after "Walkabout" (1971) and "Picnic at Hanging Rock" (1975).

A Sydney tax lawyer (Richard Chamberlain) finds himself defending some urban aborigines accused of murder. As his involvement with them deepens, he increasingly experiences strange dreams and visions. At first all the pieces make little sense (ie, during the first 40 minutes of the film all these oddities just utterly confuse the viewer). But slowly the meaning of his collage of visions meld into a clarity - of sorts. And that meaning reveals to Chamberlain that he has supernatural and ancient ties to the Australia that existed long before his present life and the urban jungle where he lives today. One example: The aboriginal high priest sits worshiping on the floor of a tenement apartment, then later it reveals that the tenement sits atop what was once sacred ground; it is the tenement that is the interloper, not the seemingly out-of-place priest. Throughout the film, it is "what Australia was," the Australia almost forgotten, that rules - and it rules Chamberlain as well.

The director of this film, Peter Weir, also directed "Picnic at Hanging Rock" and it shows. In both films, Weir employs indigenous artifacts to lead the viewer to appreciate all that is Australia. In "Picnic," he's celebrating that Australia developed it's own unique culture, that it broke away from its Victorian cultural ties to Britain ... and for the better. Here, he's warning viewers that Australia is beginning to lose touch with itself, developing into just another metropolitan geography, forgetting its roots and what makes it uniquely Australian. He does so in an engaging manner, by having tribal aborigines subtly invade and commandeer urban Sydney life. Weir taps directly into true-enough aboriginal folklore such as "dream time" and, by the end of the film, the viewer will be craving more knowledge of it.

Surprisingly, Chamberlain's acting is bland and irrelevant; any number of other decent actors could have delivered this much of a role. Other work by Chamberlain such as "Shogun" reveals him to be a much better actor than this. The moving and captivating deliveries come from the aborigines themselves, who actually have little to no dialogue. But the mere vision of their speechless, stoic presence on the screen mesmerizes. So it's not a huge surprise to find out that they were indeed actual tribal aborigines from the Outback, recruited for this film. (The lead aboriginal role, Chris, is delivered by David Gulpilil, who also starred in "Walkabout," but he too was reared tribal aborigine. All the other aborigines seen here are cinematic neophytes.)

RECOMMENDATION: See the other two films first. They are both stronger works. But if you like them, you should probably queue this one up for the triple play.
May 10, 2010
Ah, another Australian classic, I have a way of accidentally picking things out this way without paying attention to what I'm doing. This is more science fiction though, opposed to Gallipoli or Walkabout (my other two forays into Australian stuff this week), I preferred the other two to this but that's just opinion.
RicC
July 17, 2009
The beginning is what I expected and wanted: creepy, tense, morbid otherworldly behavior from the imagery and mood. The rest is kind of a basic thriller which carries on with its mystery plot and the soundtrack is added in rather cheaply. Substantial, but not evocative as it was crafted to be.
AlaineB
November 14, 2008
1977 Australian lawyer tunes in to aboriginal tribal culture. His dreams predict things, including a massive tidal wave that may destroy his city. Can he prevent the disaster? Watch and see.
philliprenke
December 14, 2008
A bizzare, dark movie that is interesting , but also a little confusing. The driving force behind the story seems weak at times. I like the overuse of water to drive the theme of the film, but I can't help but think about how much it would have sucked to work on.
engrymfilm
October 13, 2008
For a while I said 'fuck Peter Weir' then I watched this and he isn't so bad after all. But I still really hate 'Witness'
flugendorf
September 19, 2008
A man discovers that reality may not be only what he thinks it is - and discovers strange and terrible prophecy.
rascall98
December 27, 2007
wonderful Peter Weir atmosphere. Delightfully confusing at times with an overwhelming foreboding throughout.
June 6, 2007
I have never seen anything quite like it. One of the most absorbing stories of the supernatural in all of film. It draws you into a world too haunting and compelling to forget.
jonathanstephenson
May 13, 2007
3rd movie of Peter Weir, good suspense and super ending. set a superb mood, and good character developement
January 7, 2007
From the director of picnic at hanging rock. well made supernatural thriller, exploring aboriginal dreamtime prophocy
September 2, 2006
This is a VERY atmospheric film...maybe it's not perfect, and moves kinda slow, but I think it's extremely well done.
January 16, 2014
This is Weir's white western take on the dreamtime, the aboriginal spiritual plane. He doesn't purport to understand and he passed the script through some tribal elders and added material that they suggested. The indigenous actors here, apart from David Gulpilil (who famously appeared in Walkabout), are non-professionals brought in by Nandjiwarra Amagula who plays Charlie, the elder with the magical powers. Richard Chamberlain is the protagonist with whom we identify as he makes contact with a secretive Aboriginal group through his involvement as their lawyer in a murder case and with the dreamtime through a series of premonitions and visions. The film is full of foreboding from start to finish and a persistent low rumbling on the soundtrack keeps viewers on edge. A very mysterious film, filled with beautiful images, that ties up some loose ends, but leaves an ominous feeling in the mind. Perhaps this has something to do with white destruction of indigenous cultures?
Luc L.
February 10, 2013
A good supernatural suspense film.
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