The Tracker (2003)

The Tracker (2003)

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Critic Consensus: An engrossing drama.

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Experimental director Rolf DeHeer's film The Tracker depicts a controversial moment in the Australian justice system, in doing so taking on a popular topic among Australian filmmakers--the complicated and too often racist relationship between Aboriginals and locals. When an Aboriginal tracker (David Gulpilil) leads the manhunt for a fugitive native, a series of atrocities are performed on the ancient tribe by a sadistic policeman participating in the search party. The line between savage and civilian is blurred beyond recognition when Fanatic (Gary Sweet), the policeman, massacres a large group of peaceful Aboriginals. It eventually becomes clear that the tracker, who purposely keeps the Aboriginal a half-day ahead of the search party, is in control of the operation and has his own mysterious agenda. DeHeer takes a unique approach in the direction of this film; opting to show graphic paintings by artist Peter Coad during violent moments in lieu of filming bloody scenes among the actors. The drama itself is often contradicted by haunting, plaintive songs with lyrics written by DeHeer himself.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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Cast

Noel Wilton
as Fugitive
Grant Page
as Veteran
Damon Gameau
as The Follower
Gary Sweet
as The Fanatic
David Gulpilil
as The Tracker

Critic Reviews for The Tracker

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (12)

A high-minded film that at times verges on didacticism, The Tracker is redeemed by its adherence to a simple yet distinctive approach to storytelling and its uniformly strong acting.

Full Review… | March 4, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

An imposing film that tackles a serious theme with dignity and even audacity and that features production values of the highest quality.

Full Review… | March 3, 2005
Variety
Top Critic

An engrossing study of race and history in Australia.

March 3, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

See the film mainly for the quiet and powerful work of Gulpilil in the title role.

Full Review… | March 19, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

As the scorned but ever-resourceful guide, Gulpilil has the richest role and makes the most of it.

Full Review… | February 26, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

February 18, 2004
The New Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Tracker

½

A high-minded film that at times verges on didacticism, The Tracker is more than redeemed by its adherence to a simple yet distinctive approach to storytelling and its uniformly strong acting. It manages to combine a classic movie-Western setting and narrative with a Heart of Darkness-like morality play.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Tracker is a haunting, and engrossing film that showcases the beautiful talent of David Gulpilil in the title role, and uses music to help tell the story, but it may prove to be overused by some.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

½

Simple story, good cinematography, let down by an overuse of music.

Robert Fearon
Robert Fearon

Super Reviewer

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