|DARK AGE (director: Arch Nicholson; writer: Sonia Borg/based on a novel by Grahame Webb; cinematographer: Andrew Lesnie; editor: Adrian Carr; music: Danny Beckerman; cast: John Jarratt (Steve Harris), Burnam Burnam (Oonabund), Nikki Coghill (Cathy Pope), Max Phipps (John Besser), Ray Meagher (Rex Garrett), Gulpilil (Adjaral) ; Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Basil Appleby; Nelson (Embassy Pictures); 1987-Australia)|
well-produced and acted, and an intelligent
environmental adventure film results."
by Dennis Schwartz
follows along the lines of Jaws, though dated. Aussie
TV director Arch Nicholson ("Weekend with Kate") tries
to creatively direct it, but lacks the talent to pull
it off. It's based on the novel by Grahame Webb and
adapted to the screen by Sonia Borg. It's about
a giant killer crocodile on the loose in Queensland,
with poachers and park rangers in pursuit.
Steve Harris (John Jarratt)
is the park ranger for the Northern
Territory Salt Water Crocodile population, in the
Australian outback. When the large croc called Saltie,
kills two poachers, Steve and his two guides pursue
it. The town officials want the rogue crocodile killed
and hope that will return the tourists to the area.
But the local Koori elders want the Croc rescued and
returned to a safe area, because they say he has
special virtues of ESP. This comes even after
the Croc eats a child in a native village. The irate
town officials bring in insensitive hunters, who
randomly kill any croc. Steve sides with the Aborigine elder Oonabund
(Burnam Burnam) and
risks everything to capture the
special Croc alive and return it to its
It's well-produced and acted, and an intelligent environmental adventure film results.
REVIEWED ON 3/20/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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