Pete McKell, a cynical American travel writer, joins a disparate group of holiday-makers on a river cruise through the waters of Kakadu National Park. After an uneventful day cruising the river, the tour captain Kate is reluctantly persuaded to steer their boat into unexplored territory. They discover a secluded lake but terror strikes when their craft receives a powerful blow from beneath the murky depths and begins to sink. With little choice, she beaches the vessel on the closest dry land--a tiny mud island. With a rising tide and only half an hour of daylight left, fear grips the group as they realize they are trapped in the lair of a 'rogue' crocodile, governed only by its need to hunt and kill.
Roguebrings Australian filmmaker Greg McLean, whose previous effort was the harrowing thrillerWolf Creek, back to the horror fold with an effective and well-crafted monster movie that pits a boatful of tourists against the title beast: a king-size crocodile with an insatiable appetite. McLean wisely follows the paradigm outlined byJawsand other notable giant creature features by keeping his croc largely offscreen for the pic's first third, focusing instead on his human cast, which includes Michael Vartan(Alias) as a coolheaded American travel writer andSilent Hill's Radha Mitchell as the tour guide (Wolf Creekfans will note that film's antagonist, John Jarrett, among the ill-fated travelers). Once the monster makes its spectacular entrance by capsizing the boat, the suspense kicks into high gear as the tourists are faced with an unenviable choice: swim for their lives or wait until the tide overtakes their refuge on a tiny island. Surprisingly, McLean doesn't sacrifice quality in his pursuit of broader audience appeal; the award-winning special effects are top-notch, but so are the performances and photography, which capture the rough beauty of Australia's Northern Territory. Likewise, characters are not simply bodies waiting to be chomped; McLean's script takes the time to build them into full-bodied people, which adds a level of substance and sympathy to the story. All in all,Rogueis the meatiest in the spate of killer croc pics of recent years, and worth a look for those who were intrigued byLake PlacidorPrimeval. The unrated DVD includes commentary by McLean as well as a battery of making-of documentaries, which cover the film's inspiration (a real-life croc attack on an Aussie riverboat in the '70s) as well as its impressive technical aspects.--Paul Gaita
**1/2 out of **** After reading a lot of generally positive reviews stating that "Rogue" was the "best giant crocodile movie ever", I just had to see the thing. For one, I saw it in hopes of it being better than director Greg McLean's first feature, "Wolf Creek". I also saw it because I'm a sucker for potentially intense movies starring convincing giant crocs. I was not disappointed. "Rogue" is probably the best giant crocodile movie since whatever movie started the whole … more
ROUGE There have been many Alligator and Croc flicks made and for the most part they are not really great. Luckily this film is one of the better ones in the group to choose from and is written and directed by Wolf Creek filmmaker Greg McLean. Now that may make you want to see it or not depending on how you liked that film. To me I judged this on its own and came to like it, it really is one of the better ones from these types of flicks. It is not … more
Rogue- (of an animal) having an abnormally savage or unpredictable disposition, vicious or solitary, as a rogue elephant. After the huge success of "JAWS", producers have been trying to capitalize on the undersea horror genre. There have been quite a number of underwater horror films about killer crocodiles recently; "Lake Placid", "Primeval" and "Crocodile", among others. "ROGUE" is another horror film about a huge crocodile and while this film … more
Since I liked the director's previous Australian horror, Wolf Creek, I figured that this should be watchable as well but basically I'm just a huge sucker for creature features! Anything monstrous that eats annoying characters is cool in my book and I'm always on a look out for horror movies with giant crocs or werewolves or anything mean with a bite. The main reason why I enjoyed the movie was the care that was given to it in the beginning, other than a poor native cow loosing … more