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 the classic it could have been but I really liked it.
The film follows a group of tourists taking a little boat ride in the Australian Outback enjoying the beautiful sights and watching the crocodiles in the water. They get to see them being feed, pass right by them, and also have a nice and beautiful host to show them the way. Of course they run into some trouble when some locals who have a little thing for the host stop by but nothing that can't be handled. That is of course until they see a flare go off signaling that some one needs some help. Even though some of the people on board disagree they all head that way to help out how ever they can. But upon entering this area something nails the boat and sends every one into the water. Yep you guessed it, there was a very big croc lurking and waiting for someone to enter his territory.
The film does a good job of adding tension and suspense throughout, certain scenes can be very tense actually. All credit should go to writer/director Greg McLean for that and for making the right decision in not showing the croc that often. When he does the attacks are great and that adds to the thriller aspect of this film. Another thing I liked about this film is that while there is a lead kinda it does not feel that way. The focuses on the group more so than one person and I think that was another smart move. It makes the people feel more real to me for some reason, don't know why.
As far as acting everyone does a great job here portraying some pretty real characters, Michael Vartan, Radha Mitchell, and the rest of the cast do a perfect job on this film. That includes of course John Jarratt who worked with this director and gave one of the best performances ever in "Wolf Creek". As for effects I have to say I kinda liked the croc in this, even in the final scenes of this flick. Add in the moments of gore and it was really fun, brings me back to the glory days of B movies.
This film will never be viewed by most as an excellent film, and to be honest it is not a classic. That being said it is still a fun monster type flick that I did enjoy, and is one of the best of its kind. I do recommend watching this if you get the chance, I bought the DVD and highly recommend it. There is a great commentary but even better is some great behind the scenes features and documentaries, which includes the actual story this is based on.
**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
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
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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 ...