Wolf Creek Reviews
Three friends go on vacation and shortly run into trouble while in the Australian outback when their car randomly breaks down along with their watches, with nothing to do but wait the team eventually stumbles upon a stranger in the desert and turn to him for help fixing their car. What they don't know is that said stranger isn't as nice as he first comes across.
The best part of 'Wolf Creek' is undoubtedly the development, it sets up characters nicely and even introduces a romantic sub-plot. Sadly, however, all the hard work put into the first half amounts to nothing, as the film quickly desends into an average slasher movie and the first half is completely forgotten. The characters become just a tool for the violence and the romanticism is never mentioned again.
If you enjoy playing 'Where's Wally' with film cliches check this out, it has every one in the slasher book, such a shame after the beginining. The soundtrack was alright though.
It was really slow and pointless the first hour. Yeah it was 1 motherfucking hour of bullshit where nothing interesting happened at all. Then when things started getting interesting, it was just cliche after cliche of predictable bullshit. So yeah the bullshit continued well past the first hour. The characters running around screaming getting tortured. Then the girl doesn't double tap the mad man she just shot, she just runs away and leaves a weapon right beside him. Smart move, very smart move. Then stealing his truck and crashing into the building, nice job, nice job. Then taking one of her friends and leaving the other one behind nailed to a post, that was very sweet of her. It's a seen it before movie. Even if it was loosely based off of a true story, the movie is not believable in the slightest.
I thought this movie was going to be good when I saw it, but OMG it was pretty bad. The acting wasn't too bad, it's just the illogical impulsive decisions made by the characters and the outrageous action of the film that made it suck. The ending didn't make any sense also. Why was Ben even in the mine? Why wasn't he with the girls? What the fuck was that rottweiler doing there? Where did it even come from? It was so weird.
The outback locations are rendered with a nice eye and evoke a sense of spooky isolation - anything could happen to you out here and no-one would know, much less be able to help. There is also the much discussed 'dark side of Crocodile Dundee' element - frankly, I can't believe it's taken so long for someone to conjure this one up, and McLean clearly delights in stabbing a knife through the heart of the mythical Aussie archetype. I think he's actually gotten to an uncomfortable, close-to-the-bone truth about the psyche of certain Aussie males, and John Jarret is eerily similar to the kind of individual one would encounter in many a country pub down under.
The fact that this is an Australian film also makes it a rare bird indeed. For some unfathomable reason, the Oz industry rarely does genre, and when it does, usually doesn't do it well. With this in mind, Wolf Creek is something of a breath of fresh air. Yes, it hews pretty closely to the codes and rules of its genre, but for the most part it does it well, and for my money, what works about the film is strong enough to make some of the weaker plot moments forgivable.
Will Gibson's HD camera-work is impressive, maintaining a consistent style from start to finish, aided by solid editing, score and sound design. Now maybe people will stop whining about how 'we can't make genre films here' and we might see some imagination and variety creep into Australian cinema.
This is a stunning piece of film that had me rooted to the seat in disbelief. The film starts of in a cool and fun way, however you just know things are going to go tits-up. I sat not wanting to care for the 3 characters as I thought a gore-fest was just waiting for them, however the depth and friendship that is so well acted, suckers you right into the group's tragedy.
This is a film that left me feeling numb at the end rather than terrified. That night after watching it, the horror crept into my mind and I found the film an utterly compelling one to watch again.
John Jarret plays one of most frightening madman I've seen on screen.
Texas Chainsaw v's A Paradise Lost (Turistos)
VERDICT: An absolute must see