The Last Wave Reviews
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.
Laywer David Burton is plagued by surreall dreams of death and impending doom ,aprt from these dreams he is assinged to a case involving an Aboringinal murder and the mythical dreamtime.
Ricahrd Chamberlain is outstanding as the Lawyer who at first is cynical about Aboringinal codes,but becomes drawn deeper into a world of mysterious dreams and visions and the fact that he may belong to a long extinct tribe whop perished many years before .
David Gulipil is also excellent as the mysterious Aboriginal Chris Lee who ties to define the murder as a tribal killing despite the fact Sydney has no tribal Aborigines left.
Weir packs his films with darker and darker visions leading to the fateful climax of the film where Chamberlain realises his fate.
The film doesnt feel dated at all,and its to Weirs credit that he has created a dark surrealist drama which manages to see all too real .
(1977) The Last Wave
MYSTERY/ SOCIAL COMMENTARY
Upon being chased by 5 aboriginals all over the city an aboriginal- like man then plumps to his death and it appears that no one has touched him. They're then arrested and is charged for murder on speculation. A lawyer played by Richard Chamberlain is then assigned to defend them and without any cooperation from the accused he then goes on an odyssey to seek out what really happened.
Directed by veteran director Peter Weir combining aboriginal myth interwoven into a story and unusually strange. Low budget but handled very well using rain as a kind of a correlation between what happened back then and what happened in the present.
3 out of 4 stars
Weir's best film besides Fearless (no not the Jet Li movie).