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February 4, 2017
A sometimes overlooked Weir film starring Richard Chamberlain and David Gulpilli. It is suitably mood-driven and dreamlike and the premise is an original one- the concept of law and justice and how it conflicts with dreamtime law
November 17, 2016
Mysteriously beautiful film, like most other Peter Wier films. He's an expert on creating mystic and mythological atmosphere
½ November 15, 2016
Weir puts his ethereal early creepiness to good use in this supernatural story of a normal urban fellow haunted by premonitions of catastrophe. It can be a bit too slow moving for its own good at times, but it's still effective and memorable.
September 5, 2016
Could not get into it.
June 27, 2015
Wonderful, Mysterious, and Entertaining. I wouldn't expect anything less from Peter Weir.
October 11, 2014
A trippy film that's part murder-mystery and part apocalyptic-thriller, but definitely an interesting movie on lots of levels.
Super Reviewer
October 4, 2014
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.
½ June 23, 2014
Eerie thriller with unique Aussie slant... Stands the test of time--Where the mundane meets the unexplainable... A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall!!
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?
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.
August 6, 2013
A surreal masterpiece.
½ 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.
February 10, 2013
A good supernatural suspense film.
February 5, 2013
Peter Weir followed his acclaimed Picnic at Hanging Rock with this eerie and interesting film ehich ranks alongside some of his finest work.
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 .
January 29, 2013
Um suspense que não vai pra lugar nenhum.
January 13, 2013
The one with the tribal guys on trial.
ElCochran90
Super Reviewer
December 31, 2012
This famous Australian auteur follows his audacious path with another exploration of the otherworldly. Sharing with us his fascination about that which goes beyond our comprehension, The Last Wave (exceptionally adequate title) is a unique contrast between what we give for granted and the uncertain. Make love to the ambiguous ending; a lot of truth is hidden in that last scene.

98/100
December 4, 2012
Made little sense little sense, though somewhat intriguing in parts.
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.
October 22, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012

(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
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