Black Water is a movie about a group of friends who go out into the water one day with a tour guide to go fishing. After leaving from their mother's house two sisters and one's boyfriend head out for a road trip. After visiting a croc farm they decide it is time to go fishing, doesn't seem like the right move right? So after getting a guide to take them out they spend an uneventful day out on the water that is until the boat rocks. Turns out a very big croc was waiting underneath them and pushed the boat over. That was the last time the guide was seen, and the other three make their way up a tree. From here on out the movie is all about these three in the tree and the croc below.
I remember watching this the first time and thinking here we go another nature run amuck flick that is supposedly based on true events. To my surprise this movie turned out to be good, much better than I expected. From what I can gather this is based on true events from a group of friends that were swimming or something and one got pulled underneath and was gone while the other two made it up a tree. Whether this is true or not it is still an effective and entertaining flick that all should enjoy. I personally like to think that this is based on some truth that is real close to this event. Don't get me wrong I don't like that people got ate alive but knowing that this is true adds a little something to it.
This movie is far from the best thing ever made but it is an effective enough film on the level that it does have a bit on tension to it. I like that the filmmakers stuck to the less is more rule and only showed the croc when necessary. I especially like when the camera just looks to the water and nothing ever appears, then right when you are getting the feeling ever thing is ok just the top of the croc's head appears right in front of someone. Writer/directors David Nerlich and Andrew Traucki did a great job in my opinion on this indie flick about a killer croc.
As far as performances go they only add to the tension since the small cast all do great jobs. The guys are good in this the boyfriend goes from a geeky looking dude to trying to be the hero, it doesn't work out. But it is the actresses that play the two sisters that steal the show from the boys in this one; the younger one in particular is great. Add in the atmosphere of the film and you have an enjoyable little killer croc flick there are more enjoyable films on this subject if you want gore or even comedy elements in croc/alligator flicks. But if you want a cool indie flick with a good amount of tension, I liked it. There has been comparisons to a little shark flick you may have heard of called "Open Water", both are based on true events.
Admittedly, "Black Water" carries the same staple that has driven crocodile horror movies in recent years. A group of people stranded in an area stalked by a crocodile. Director does do something quite different as the film has a lack of CGI here, and what may be seen as a weakness, the film has a realistically 'sized' common Saltwater crocodile. The film's weakness come through when the second half of the movie is all about being stuck in a tree, and … more
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