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 its life in the first shots the set up for the story was done perfectly. As the film began, the music and breathtaking scenery were stealing the show and for a few moments I forgot I was watching a horror movie and got lost in the beauty of Australia. I must add that the soundtrack was really good; it's definitely going on my list of soundtracks to buy as I love to collect the good ones and anyone who appreciates good film music would enjoy it thoroughly. The list of characters is short, dozen or so people going on a river tour under the watchful eyes of Kate (the awesome Radha Mitchell from Silent Hill) and her trusty dog. After running into some crazy locals one of the tourists notices a flare going off, in a secluded religious section on top of rocky cliffs that has shunned people for ages. Trying to be the good Samaritan, Kate decides to check out the signal and that's when the crazy stuff starts. I could just tell that once they turned down the dark path there was no going back!
Something happens, people get stranded and suddenly they are not alone. Very quietly they are being snacked on by an immensely large crocodile. This is not your average crock, but a leviathan of the swamps and rivers from the deepest horrors one can dream up and not only hungry but mean as hell! His jaws speed and stealth along with the amazing ability to stay quiet and not scare his food supply was enough to make me jump for joy, and at the same time I was worried about those unfortunate people. I wasn't looking forward to any of them getting eaten; well maybe two that we meet in beginning but they get some brownie points back later so they were on my good guys list anyway. I guess Rogue is the perfect pet name for this angry croc, he's certainly after more than just a meal here.
The characterization was really good even if short, the close bonds the tourists had with each other were on perfect display and it made me cringe whenever something would happen to any of them. This proved to be a fun film for a rainy day, but really any day is perfect for good horror. I felt that the special effects were really good, nothing fake and puppet like, although I wish the crock would make more appearances, guess he was camera shy, but he did stick around for a good ending.
**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
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 ...