ROGUE – The Dungeon Review!

rogue dvd 2Killer crocs aren’t an original concept for a horror film by any means. But this one came from a friend who has recommended some real gems to me. A decent cast and breathtaking scenery and camera work definitely elevate this one above the pack.

A group of tourists vacationing in Australia, take a croc cruise. After a day of cruising the river, they head back, but are delayed when they see a flare. Much to the group’s dismay, Suzanne, our captain, makes the decision to investigate. Taking the boat into unchartered territory, they are suddenly and violently hit from underneath. They scramble onto a patch of land as they helplessly stand by watching the boat sink. Bad turns to worse quickly when they realize they have encrouched on the lair of a large rogue crocodile.

A pretty typical set up for this type of film. It is the execution that makes the difference. The scenery is amazing. When the boat is drifting down the river with massive cliff faces on either side it is effectively beautiful and intimidating. It is obvious that a great amount of care was put into the cinematography. The crocodile is very realistic in body and movement and it doesn’t do anything that is overtly out of the ordinary. Apparently they studied real crocs quite extensively before they created “rogue” for the film. There are some pretty interesting extras in the special features relating to the crocs and filming in the area. The characters in the film are all adults. There are no jocks, nerds or babes here. You don’t exactly get a chance to know these people but subtle little hints are given that makes you want to root for them. There are some mild clashes among the group, but they are more of the “role your eyes up in your head” variety. With the exception of two locals and one of the tourists who makes a selfish and ill-fated decision, the group actually works together. One of the bad apples even manages to redeem himself. Inevitably one man voluntarily stays behind, and is the “hero”. This is where the film loses marks. It isn’t a bad ending, but it is rather anti-climatic. The final struggle is pretty brief and isn’t really much of a struggle at all. The finale didn’t seem plausible, which would not be an issue for me with many horror films. But this one goes to a lot of trouble to create a realistic premise with beleivable characters. I really felt they fumbled on this. An above average creature feature that is worth the price of a rental. This one is pretty low on the gore and might also appeal to fans of action and thriller films. Recommended.

Tonight I’m watching the 1954 Sci-fi/Horror film THEM! Read the review tomorrow! And Happy Friday!

Dungeon Rating: 3.5/5

Directed By: Greg Mclean

Starring: Radha Mitchell, Michael Vartan, Sam Worthington, Caroline Brazier, Stephen Curry, Celia Ireland, John Jarratt, Heather Mitchell, Geoff Morrell, Damien Richardson, Robert Taylor, Mia Wasikowska and Barry Otto

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