Black Water

2008

Black Water

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Black Water

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  • 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.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Short, sharp and refreshingly nasty, it's a light antidote to all those heavy Oscar hopefuls clogging up the multiplex.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt

    BBC.com
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  • A wasted opportunity.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
    Little White Lies
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  • 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.

    Feb 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • 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.

    Jan 22, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Water

  • Dec 01, 2014
    One of those cases where a movie could've benefited immensely from a shorter running time, Black Water when it works, it works really well. It's tense, gripping, scary and our characters have some depth to keep us engaged on their ordeal. Add a claustrophobic setting and an invisible enemy and you could've had something special if it wasn't for the dead moments that show up. It really breaks the movie apart to a fault, showcasing the limited budget more often than it should.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    Black Water never stood a chance of coming off better than Rogue in my eyes, but that's more my being a prick full of preconceived ideas than the fault of the film. Black Water's another human-munching croc movie, which we are of course in no short supply of. What I like about Black Water is that even though it's not about a giant croc like Rogue, Primeval, the Lake Placid series or Crocodile, it gets massive props for taking the route of Maneater and using a genuine fucking beast in the film. A real crocodile goes wondering around and eating people? Way crazier than CGI or a rubber puppet. It's clear that Andrew Traucki and David Nerlich (directors) along with whomever the other kids behind Black Water might have been were severely lacking in the funds department, so they rely on suspense more than anything, sometimes painfully so. Suspense is my favourite type of horror, I'm one of those few people who thinks that the longer it takes to say something the better (in films only mind you, not IRL). Black Water comes dangerously close to crossing the line with me and ending up boring, but misses it by the narrowest of margins and comes back in line with some great jump scares of the laugh-out-loud kind and plenty of blood. Though I doubt they could've gotten any more than the 89 minutes running length out of it than they did. Yet another one we've brought out that insists on sticking to the "Based on true events" claim. Sure go on, maybe it works and you'll earn a little extra lolly, but I could make any film set anywhere with any amount of people doing anything I wanted and then put a crocodile in it and say "Oh, it's based on a true story, 'cause there's a crocodile in it, and in real life, crocodiles exit, so yeah...". Exhibiting precisely zero naked teenage girls running around screaming was quite a nice change of pace, making the film pleasurable in a "no cheese" kind of way. I like the way that both Black Water and Rogue focus more on the idea of a mostly unseen predator picking people off while the people are at one another's throats to be much more provocative than the stupendously lame events of one-by-one death in Lake Placid and Mega Shark VS Crocosaurus. Black Water might not be for everyone, but it stands quite loftily somewhere in the upper-middle amongst all the other Monster Movies and Creature Features out there, as one of the few serious ones that's still to some extent genuinely enjoyable. 62% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2012
    too slow for the most part
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2011
    This is one terrifying and harrowing killer croc flick and one that I put off for way too long as it is now one of my favorite creature feature of all time and is just as good as Rogue. The acting really surprised me as everyone especially the two female leads gave it their all and I'm talking about The Descent all out and made the whole ordeal raw and effective especially good when it's based off of a true story. It takes place in one location as three vacationers get stranded when their boat gets flipped over in crocodile infested waters of australia and from there on it's a fight for survival and brings the terror from Jaws back to the waters. This director is one to look out for as he has two successful and scary creature features under his belt with The Reef and now Black Water, man he is on a roll so far and I hope he continues because he is one taleted director of this genre and he knows how to build up the tension and suspense without showing too much or relying too much on CGI and every horror director should learn from him, this guy deserves his big break and check. His two films ends very similar and on a bleak note but quiet and haunting and I'm very surprised that his films are not getting that much recognition or praise and sure the story isn't anything that breaks new grounds but the terror and raw simplicity makes the film rise up above most horror films of today and it deserves credit, this one will leave you chilled to the bone. Overall Black Water is a solid and effective little creature feature one horror viewing that shouldn't be put off but a must see for any fans of Rogue, Jaws or creature features in general. Highly Recommended!!!! 10 out of 10!!!
    Matt S Super Reviewer

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