**½ / ****
October 4, 2007 IMDb account user comments
A man(Gregory Harrison), shaken from the disappearance of his pregnant reporter/animal activist wife, enters the garbage-strewn, desolate, uncompromising Outback to find her, running into intimidating, troublesome kangaroo poachers(typical undesirables that often populate Russell Mulcahy's films)and a gigantic killer boar.
The Outback town of Gamulla looks like the type of barren wasteland devastated by nuclear war in apocalyptic films and is photographed as quite menacing while at the same time stunning. While the film is indeed quite ugly, chock full of rotted dead trees, sand holes that have the shape of moon craters, and dust that is thick enough to cut a knife through, there are some amazingly shot sequences at night using light, shadow & cold breath. My favorite sequence has a lost Harrison, abandoned by the two poachers responsible for leaving his wife at the mercy of the giant razorback, trying to find a haven as the Outback becomes a surreal hellish nightmare where giant cracks open upon the ground and dead skeletal animals rise from the earth.
In the stunning opening scene, hunter Jake Cullen(Bill Kerr)watches as the razorback burrows through his home snatching his grandson as the moon light spirals through a windmill nearby. David Argue & Chris Haywood portray the grungy, unclean Baker brothers who run a meat plant cutting pigs and kangaroos who wish for their secret illegal practices of catching animals to remain under wraps. Arkie Whiteley portrays Sarah, a young woman who researches the growth and well being of boars in the Outback where she lives by tagging them, keeping up with their movements by a computer tracking device;she strikes up a friendship with Harrison's Carl. Jake's mission in life is to kill the razorback which ate his grandson. The climax takes place in the Pet Pak facility where the Baker brothers cut their meat for storage.
*I was expecting to locate a review of this film in my blog somewhere, but scouring page after page, I guess that isn't the case. Granted, my efforts only reminded me of how much content on the blog perhaps could be excised (my blog's healthy escape from the doldrums thanks to visitors from Europe since last year wasn't the case towards the end of 2012 and most of 2013-2016) or given a makeover of some sort.