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Monday, May 10, 2010

Black Water (2007)



Unfortunately, it has been a couple days since my kids broke the screen on my laptop destroying the comforts of blogging from in front of the television. Now, that my mourning period is over, it is time to dive back into it from my desktop. This weekend, I was scanning Fear Net and found the 2007 Australian crocodile film Black Water, since it seemed like a better option than Mongolian Death Worm, it was a perfect film for the evening.


Plot/ While on vacation on Northern Australia, Gracie, her husband Adam and her younger sister Lee decide to take the Blackwater Barry tour in the swamp for fishing. Their guide Jim uses a small motor boat and takes the tourist along the river to a remote spot. When they stop, a huge crocodile that capsizes their boat and immediately kills Jim attacks them. The three survivors climb a tree and when they realize that help would never come to rescue them, they decide to try to find a way out of their sheltered location. However, in the muddy water, their boat is flipped and the crocodile stalks the trio under the water.


Maybe it is just me being tired of the run-of-the-mill, crappy CGI driven monster films that have become all the rage on weekends on television, but there was something about the film that I really liked. Yes, the plot is quite simple and it lacked action, but within that simplicity, a story was there. The acting, while demanding, definitely held a warm core and at times, the actors really sold their terror. The crocodile effects were done really well, and honestly, at times some of the scenery seemed more in line with something from Discovery more than a low-budget horror movie.


In the end, this horror film came across as more of a nerve wrecking thriller than a gorefest full of action. If you are looking for something that is a shock a minute or a thrill ride, this probably isn’t for you. However, if you are searching for something that is realistic and full of disturbing facets of survival in helpless reality that you may enjoy this film as much as I did.



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