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Trailer for The Discovery starring Robert Redford
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How can you be found when no one knows you're missing?
I knew jack-all about Wolf Creek when I sat down to watch it at the 2005
Cannes Film Festival screening. All I was aware of was that the poster looked sweet and that the
Weinstein bros had acquired it (for an end of 2005 release). So, when I read the â€śtrue storyâ€ť text on the screen as the film began, I thought it was another one of those
â€śBlair Witch Projectâ€ť like true storiesâ€¦A PHONY ONE. It was only afterwards; that I learned it was based on actual
events (they borrowed elements off the "Backpacker Murders" and
the "Falconio" case). Man we live on a messed up globe...can we nuke ourselves already? We deserve it!
The film itself hurdled me on its side off the bat, starting with its striking look, which emanated a mix of murky, semi-documentary, yet polished and awe inspiring. I found the visuals here quite moving. Props to fisrt time feature lenght Director Greg McLean for capitalizing on his Australian locations like a talented and gung-ho champ! I so grooved to his hypnotizing shots of the ocean (wow), the chilling desert landscape, the entrancing sunset-rises (double-wow) and the various local animals doing their thing (Kangaroos are cute). Now thatâ€™s gorgeous photography (props to the D.O.P while I'm at it!)! I felt like I was there (the three Guinnessâ€™â€™ I had before helped that too.)! Substance wise, I highly valued the quality time I spent with the three lead teen characters. Although I didnâ€™t learn much about them as people, the sympathetic and credible actors behind the roles and their chemistry together made me love them!
The latter device was actually the key factor as to why the horror hit me so hard once it rock and rolled in. To be honest, I didnâ€™t even want this movie to be a genre jamboree at this point. I wouldâ€™ve been more than content to see these young peeps get through their trip, get laid, fall in love, go home...roll end credits. Thatâ€™s not what happened. The shite hit the shan! OUCH! The visceral, tension laced and excessively brutal last block put me through the emotional ringer and then some. I was a mess! Here were my â€śnew palsâ€ť (man I need a shrink and a random beating) getting it bad, severe and worse! One kill in particular had me squirming like a frog with a needle stuck in its dumbfounded head. Never seen that one onscreen! Just remember these words â€śhead on a stickâ€ť. Brrr! That was seriously F*CKED UP!
On the dull side of the Bowie knife, the frights did take a little bit too much time to get cranking; I mean it crashed the party at about 1 hour in. Couldâ€™ve shortened that. Then there was the nature behind the horror which was well executed but felt too dĂ©jĂ vu at this point in time (2005). Weâ€™ve been getting lots of genre films of this ilk these days and itâ€™s getting a bit old (for me anyways). I was hoping this tale was going to be about aliens! COME ON! GET THEM ALIENS IN THERE! My biggest peeves though had to do with the narrative clumsily dropping one of its lead characters during the last block (I didnâ€™t appreciate that) and some suspension of disbelief coming in to take me out of the filmÂ for a couple of seconds. Lets just say that these kiddies did two REALLY BAD moves that had me screaming at the screen â€śThere to serve the pre-destined storyline, not logic!â€ťÂ and â€śMy intelligence is being insulted!â€ť
But as the end credits rolled, I felt drained, down on life, somewhat stressed out and in need of a shot of JD in my tummy ASAP. I usually feel like that when I get my Monthly bills OR... when I see a powerful horror movie. Wolf Creek punished me and had me thinking afterwards (about the ugly state of our society). As a genre fan and a human being, I thanked it for that. Hit this creek and get drowned in pain!