Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
David Nerlich and Andrew Traucki
What's it about
Pretty simple stuff here. A couple and the girl's sister get trapped in the swamps of Australia during a botched camping trip. Did I mention that the water is filled with killer Crocodiles? Cause it is.
Is it good movie?
In my opinion, the only really good 'giant monster' movies are the ones that are either very novel, or very graphic. This movie is really neither of those things. Have you seen Lake Placid? How about the terrible sequel, or even Primeval? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you can expect more of the same from Black Water, except even tamer.
There really isn't a lot I can tell you about the plot. Our misguided threesome decides to go on a Backwater fishing tour and the creature rocks their boat. You've seen one of these movies, you've seen them all. The problem with this is that although it is moderately tense, the film just doesn't offer a lot. I know it seems to be attempting a mishmash of Open Water and Wolf Creek, but I really couldn't buy into the film.
On top of this, there isn't enough going on in this film to keep you interested. The croc doesn't do a whole lot of physical damage, and when it does it seems to be almost completely off screen. This isn't to say the crocs in the movie don't cause trouble because they do, but it just wasn't enough for my likings. The effects were quite good though (, especially when you get to see the croc up close and personal. When there is damage shown, it looks pretty nice.
The film is decent with its atmosphere, but I didn't find it overly exiting. There's a whole lot of nothing going on. I thought the acting was okay, and the characters were sort of blah, with a lot of faux emotional moments that really made me laugh. Black Water just gets boring after awhile, and that is the biggest crime it could commit.
Video / Audio
Video looks nice, 1:85:1 Widescreen is the ratio. Pretty clean, although I did notice a few trails and a bit of ghosting along the way in higher contrast areas.
Audio was well done too, presented in Dolby 5.1, the industry standard. Well balanced and properly done!
The audio commentary with David Nerlich and Andrew Traucki is pretty interesting. They seem like cool guys and clearly they love this film, it shows through their track (although they admit things are far from perfect).
The Making of Black Water is a great little EPK that runs about 25 minutes, and is quite informative, with the usual cast and crew interviews. I like stuff like this when it isn't all blatant ass-kissing.
Finally there are a few deleted scenes, and I can definitely see why they got cut.
I didn't hate Black Water, but it didn't meet my low expectations. I thought it was kind of boring, although I get where it was coming from- it still wasn't enough. There were just too many wasted moments with nothing really happening. You could do worse, with garbage like Lake Placid 2, but still, I can't recommend this.