Reviewed byGlen CollinsVote: 7/10/10
How do describe this movie would be: Terrific. It's difficult makingfilms, let alone in this country. Whatever the they had or didn't have,Red Billabong was well thought out and executed on-screen reality.Taping into the ideas of; Creature- Feature, Mythological, Conspiracy,Adventure and Action, in an Aussie version is rare and should be triedmore often. What's on screen tells a story of how it is made, and I seethe right thoughts for local entertainment and excitement. It involvescamera movement, GCI, in-built humour, character types, and heart.Also, no matter the quality of the film, it's strikes me as this yearshit. So I take my hat of to these guys for the choices they've made forthis movie and to the next.
Reviewed byShehan LenaVote: 4/10/10
The acting is really poor here - there are a couple of good scenes butfor the most part it just seems to fake and unreal. The plot is justuseless - it starts off good and I was hoping for a good movie but asit continues you realise that the script is like something a bunch ofkids put together - and that is how it ends. Do not waste your time onthis movie. The CGI is third grade/ low budget. Its a B class movie -and they haven't been able to pull it off. The script could do with amuch better plot and a more scarier story as opposed to three womenneeded to complete the cycle - really? I liked the dog the most -really expected better.
Reviewed bydr_spider_manVote: 3/10/10
This film is such a shame. It had everything going for it, decentproduction values, visually interesting and a unique idea. All of thisgets turned into a missed opportunity by a poorly executed script fullof cliques, casual misogyny and lazy dialogue.
The main problem is that main characters (the brother) are just boring.The film doesn't give you a single reason to like or care for them.They're not unlikable people but they're far from being interesting oremotionally engaging enough for you go on this journey with them. Norare they cool or charismatic enough for you to live a power fantasythrough them. On top of this, all the minor characters are totallyinterchangeable and forgettable (which the expectation of the goofygirl).
The main plot (until the monster plot takes over) is about the leadsworking out whether or not to sell their family farm. Something youdon't really want for a film that's touting it self as as 'the biggestAustralian action film of 2016'. I'm guessing they didn't catch theabsurdly silly 'Gods of Egypt'.
You would think that this plot would just be a mcguffin so a familydrama can unfold between the brothers but nope. And this's theproblem. Internally, you have no idea who the two leads or what theyreally want. Don't get me wrong, characters in these type of filmsneeds to be too deep but they do need some dept. Even Max is the 'lighton plot' 'Fury Road' had internal desires and motivations. I.e. testingif he could trust and connect with humans again. These characters arejust uninspiring cliques who spurt plot points until the monster turnsup.
The first two acts just have too many 'talking head' scenes that couldhave been edited right down. But in its defense, the third act ispretty good. It's where all the action, CG and set pieces are but bythe time it came around, I'd I'd stopped caring.
To be honest, the film really didn't bother me too much. We've all seenbad films. What inspired the review was the Q&A after the film in whichthe director spend the entire time attempting to humble brag about howgreat he and his film is. He used every opportunity to mention that itwas a "Good, fun action film" It's really not. It's a technicallysound, bloated film with a bad script.
It also made it perfectly clear he's an 'independent filmmaker and notHollywood". I think that was clear to everyone from all the actors from'Home and Away'.
And he really going to leave his mark on the Australian film industry;not with scripts like this he isn't.
The film fails at it's aspirations of being a light and fun popcornfilm. Everyone clearly has talent and were trying there best. It's notthe worst thing I've ever seen, but there are so many other greatAustralian genre film you really should be watching before this.
In the Australian Outback, two brothers discover old secrets and family lies. As their friends start to go missing they fear they are being stalked by someone or something from their worst nightmares - But is it just - A story? A legend? A hoax? Or is it real?