Made-for-TV Australian film is an intense survival thriller, sharply-scripted by the great underrated Everett De Roche. An excellent Rachel Ward leads a believable young cast through finely-tuned, character-driven suspense sequence after sequence, leading to a genuine shocker of a climax. Even if the score by Danny Beckerman is pretty dated, it definitely deserves to be better known.
Like a devious mix between Red Dawn and Lord of the Flies. Although there is a kidnapping scenario, it mostly deals with the transformation of persons caught in traumatic situations. Do they maintain their humanity, or do they succumb to primal defense? The soundtrack music was a little strange at times, but all in all it was interesting and the ending was fantastic.
This is one of these most-sought film you probably saw during your childhood and only remember bits and pieces. Arch Nicholson was a great director and offer something of a gestalt film who really touched deep in my unconscious.