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OUTBACK
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: George Miller

Starring:
Natalie Bassingthwaighte
Jesse Johnson
Natalie Walker
Ben Kermode

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Three Australian couples stumble across an ancient curse in the Outback, and their dream holiday turns into a nightmare that may kill them all.
Is it good movie?
This film started off with a lot of promise but ultimately failed to deliver on many fronts. Some foolish young people decide that they need to go surfing deep in the outback of Australia. Of course, the characters get stuck in the outback and are stranded there while weird things start happening. What weird things start happening? Well, snakes (rubbery or bad CGI) start attacking people, a weird dude who looks like Jake "The Snake" Roberts is chanting some mumbo jumbo and people start turning into zombies. Sort of.

My biggest problem with this movie is that it hangs by a thread for its entire runtime. The movie is barely comprehensible and comes off rambling and incoherent. There's something going on, but you'er never completely sure as to what it is. There's some blabbering about curses and sorcery and a long lost family member but none of it makes any sense. The dialogue is absolutely awful, the acting is embarrassing and the plot is completely nonsensical. I hate to bury a movie like this but it is tough to tell what's going on in Outback.

On top of this, the characters are just so poorly written. They make mind-numbingly stupid decisions and absolutely do not react the way that human beings would react. There are several characters unmoved by the death of their friends who just baffle the mind with their lack of feelings or ability to think critically. It is impossible to care for any of them, and when they do die you couldn't care less. The only character anyone tries to develop is Kate, our surgeon heroine played by Natalie Bassingthwaite and the idea of her being a skilled surgeon is laughable. When the people turn into zombies, they 'light up' from the inside, which makes them look like a vampire from one of the Blade flicks when they hit sunlight. It is kind of a cool effect, but that's like saying that a 3 day old sandwich is better than a 7 day old sandwich.

I know it may not seem like it, but I really liked the way the flick looked. I'm not sure it always fit with the motif of the movie, but Outback looks like a stylish comic book and uses some really cool camera shots to achieve this look. Some people might be turned off by all of the fliters and effects but I thought they looked kind of cool.
Video / Audio
NA had a screener
The Extras
NA had a screener
Last Call
I watched this flick with my girlfriend, who barely made it through alive. When it was over, she said "You have to review this movie? What are you going to give it?". I let her know my response was going to be slightly unfavorable and she told me I was being generous, as she would have rated the film a zero. So folks, if you need to get a fix of Australian horror, watch Wolf Creek or something and avoid this one. Insert Australian stereotype phrase here.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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