Writer-director Caesar lives up to the promise of his last film Mullet, maintaining the 1960s vibe brilliantly from start to finish--sharply observant script, garish colours, lively music (including the AC/DC title track of course), witty camera angles and film stock that's both glaring and grainy. Meanwhile, the terrific cast sinks its teeth into characters that are always more than they seem. As usual, Collette is the standout, with a feisty, blousy performance that catches us off guard at the end. While Worthington and Morassi hold their own admirably with their romantic subplot--like two cute puppies caught in the middle of a dingo feeding frenzy! In the end, there's not much to the film really, and the big Outback climax kind of peters out without the promised excitement. But it's such rambunctious fun that you don't really mind at all.
dir-scr David Caesar|
with Bryan Brown, Sam Worthington, Toni Collette, John Goodman, Sam Neill, Kestie Morassi, Felix Williamson, Andrew S Gilbert, William McInnes, Garry Waddell, Gabriel Egan, Bille Brown
release Australia 18.Jul.02; UK 6.Jun.03
Outback adventure. Goodman and Worthington.
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