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A competent horror filmed in eye-catching Aussie outback locations.
An intense and entertaining killer croc movie with sharp special effects, and strong performances from a very respectable cast...
a slick, serviceable nature's revenge flick...[but] one can almost feel the clashing instincts of McLean and his Hollywood executive producers the Weinsteins, with the hokey spirit of Crocodile Dundee winning out in the end.
Rock out with your croc out: A lean, mean and wonderfully fun little fright flick in the tradition of Jaws 2, Orca and Deep Blue Sea.
This is by no means original or groundbreaking. But, it's made with a sure hand, filled with tension throughout.
Taut, thoughtful and inventive.
If you want to enjoy being scared [...] then this rampaging reptile is for you.
The best flick of its kind since Lewis Teague's drive-in classic Alligator. And that was 1980.
A film predicated on ideas of suspense and pace rather than blasting violence and idiocy, Rogue is a satisfying, skilled entry in the water-based terror genre.
Rogue is the best killer crocodile movie - ever.
From its evocative, economical title to its bright and breezy end credits pop song (Never Smile at a Crocodile) Rogue delivers everything you could want from a high class creature feature/adventure thriller. It's a ripper
It would have been nice to see Greg McLean add to the man-eating monster movie by offering something more than the standard fare. He made a great splash on the scene and took the typical cat and mouse, rape and run flick and created some insanely nerve-wrecking suspense with Wolf Creek which is a very tough, massively under rated horror film. When I first saw that film it absolutely terrified me, and in addition he demonstrated just how much he loves genre cinema. But with Rogue all he actually does is show how much he adores horror. At first it would have seemed ideal for McLean to make a 'SyFy' style monster movie and although Rogue boasts some pretty suspenseful moments generally it doesn't add up to very much. It starts off pretty boring and tedious but eventually picks up after the 40 minute mark. It boasts some great acting from it's unknown cast and some dazzling creature effects. It's also shot with directorial style and features a satisfying finale. Put it this way if you've seen as many clumsily built B movies about man-eating crocodiles as me you'll take great pleasure in watching Rogue. However I expected more from Greg McClean because he really knows how to perfect tremendous horror. I did take a liking to the film because it's executed with good intentions and respectability but it's utter unremarkability bothered me quite a bit. It's not his best film by a fair bit, but all the good things about it make up for everything else. Which includes great gore, eery atmospherics and the beauty of quiet suspense.
Rogue is a simple but effective Australian horror flick. The story setup is basic, with a group of tourists ending up off the beaten path during a river sightseeing trip, and stranded within easy reach of the jaws of a monstrous crocodile.
I had tried watching Rogue once a few years ago, but didn't give it more than a few minutes before I turned it off and watched another movie. Something about how it begins failed to catch my interest back then, but I've become such a big Radha Mitchell fan since then that I had to go back and give it another try. And I'm glad I did. Rogue is nothing genre-changing, but it does have some thrills to offer and will admirably serve if you're looking for this kind of a movie. The cast is decent, with a few faces you've probably seen (the aforementioned Mitchell, as well as Michael Vartan, a teenage Mia Wasikowska, and Sam Worthington), but the real star is the croc. The special effects are petty good for a movie of this budget, and as the croc is on-screen more Rogue gets more and more interesting. The finale is pretty awesome, as a result. Recommended.
Ever wonder what one of those cheesy SyFy channel movies would be like if they:
A: Had better writers.
B: Had a bigger budget.
C: Could attract better actors.
Welll wonder no more!
While the basic story is about as interesting as a made for SyFy movie...that is where the similarities end.
This film is beautifully shot, has decent dialog and character development and is quite intense at times.
Radha Mitchell and Michael Vartan are pretty solid as the two leads, while Sam Worthington and Mia Wasikowska (who are two fairly "big names" now) pop up in smaller roles.
All in all a decent film.
Rogue has got to be the best killer croc film ever made. Aussie film maker Greg McLean helms this film, and considering he made a superb horror film with Wolf Creek, this is a terrific follow up. As with Lake Placid, Rogue is the story of a killer croc. But unlike that film, Rogue is a serious horror film with maybe two comical moments. The cast here do a terrific job. The story follows an American journalist who is sent in Australian outback to do a story. He takes a river boat tour and all seems to go well, but then the tour group spot something that looks like a person in distress. They go to help, and they come face to face with a man eating crocodile. Roguie is a tense, suspense filled horror film that delivers terrific scares and the films pacing is terrific. Rogue is a superbly crafted killer croc film and every aspect of the film works well due to the fact that this is a well scripted film. Though somewhat similar to Jaws, Rogue still manages to be different enough and is actually the best film of a killer creature since Jaws. The film has plenty of jolts and tense moments and director Greg McLean is a fine horror director.
If you like these types of films, then give Rogue a viewing. A good mixed with a good story equals a film that belongs alongside Jaws as one of the best killer creature films. Definitely an improvement over Lake Placid, Rogue takes out the comedy and is a straight forward Horror flick with loads of tension. The end result is very impressive.
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