The Last Wave (1977)
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as David Burton
as Annie Burton
as Chris Lee
as Rev. Burton
as Dr. Whitburn
as Gerry Lee
as Michael Zeadler
as Billy Corman
as Andrew Potter
as Morgue Doctor
as Guest at party
as Zeadler's Secretary
as Morgue Clerk
as Don Fishburn
as Sophie Burton
as Grace Burton
Critic Reviews for The Last Wave
Weir's touristy vision is strictly from the outside looking in.
Its creepiness is undeniable, and it seems far less dated than many late 1970s films.
Startling and mesmerizing Australian film about aborigines, nature and dreamtime.
There's plenty of floods, thunderheads, cars submerged in water and heavy downpours to get yourself all wet on.
a unique film that bears the uneven, yet genuine, traces of a deeply felt work not entirely settled
Weir does a fine job of weaving real events with dream sequences, as well as capturing the aboriginal perspective.
Audience Reviews for The Last Wave
Peter Weir's, The Last Wave is filled with spiritual symbolism to demonstrate the tension between Australia's white man and the Aboriginal people. The film has a really chilly feeling, especially in the house. With a very eerie score and the feeling/reality of constantly being watched, much of the film can be unsettling with out a lot happening. The mystery actually has a lot of the same feel as Blue Velvet. It's hard for me to say to much that's deep, because honestly I didn't really like it. Many scenes felt way to over extended, mainly the end scene in the tribal sacred site. I did see some biblical symbolism, mainly the scene where it appears that it's raining frogs outside, reminded me of Moses. While the film might make the Aboriginal people appear as some voo-doo multi-prophet worshipers, the majority in reality are Christian or have no religious affiliation. I understand that the film is shown a select few who still believe in sacristy and aboriginal spirituality, but this isn't consistent with reality.
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.
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).
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