I wish I liked "Wolf Creek" more than I do, but I cannot. Mick Taylor is truly a charismatic and inventive character unlike any other villain from the gaggle of other horror movies like this. Otherwise the film is dull, contrived, and ultimately a slave to its own shock factor (which wasn't even enough to keep me interested).
misogyny anyone ? we watch in detail and in extend scenes the brutal killing of the two female characters while the guy escapes pretty easily and is saved....apparently there's something in the Anglo-saxon colony gene pool that determines people to make cruel and rotten,rotten,rotten movies
Not nearly as gory and sadistic as I was led to believe. Despite its notoriety it's more suspenseful than outright violent: the profoundly violated corpses
of previous victims inspire more fear than any of the acts of violence portrayed on screen: we think we'll see the threesome turn into corpses, too, when in fact they never do. One victim escapes, one dies offscreen, and one is simply shot. All smoke and no fire.
La trama è molto classica, con alcune svolte ben riuscite e un finale inaspettato. Il tutto è gestito bene, pur senza innovazioni degne di nota. Momenti violenti ben gestiti e d'effetto. I personaggi sono poco caratterizzati, ma funzionali e il cattivo ha un gran bel carisma. Regia buona e inquadrature dei paesaggi molto suggestive. Buona messa in scena e illuminazione curata. Campagne australiane mostrate spietate.
For an Australian thriller such as this, it was moderately difficult for me to "get into". There was a lot of setup, all for a not-so-enthralling sequence of bloody violence, making the allover film sort of ... eh. I liked the pacing at the beginning, but because of where the story went, it felt like two films smashed together and that kind of upended me from total enjoyment. The villain is very ominous, though.
La típica historia sobre el cazador de carreteras. Más que gore, el trabajo está en dejar en claro la mente retorcida del personaje central. Hay algo muy al margen de la temática de "Wolf creek" que me llama la atención. El trabajo de fotografía sobre los paisajes desérticos de Australia me traen a la memoria dos clásicos de esa localidad: "Wake in Fright" y "Walkabout". Algo de sórdido tiene esa bella naturaleza.
Downbeat and grim, but unlike what Ebert & others calling it a "'sadistic celebration of pain and cruelty', its protagonists are endearing and McLean captures humanistic emotion in the first half as expertly as he does the morbid nature of his antagonist. The film may be extremely hard to watch and leave one hopeless at the end, yet good horror is subversive in emotion. Hope is frankly for wussies in this genre.