Fair Game (1986)

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A young woman running an animal sanctuary in the outback takes her revenge on a trio of kangaroo hunters who terrorized her.


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4 April 2018 | Michael_Elliott
Weak Attempt at a Revenge Film
Fair Game (1986)

* (out of 4)

Jessica (Cassandra Delaney) is a young woman who is working in a wildlife sanctuary in the Australian outback. She seems to have a terrific life until one day when she runs into some poachers. At first it seems the poachers are just having a little fun with her but before long it turns dark and forces Jessica to defend herself.

If you're familiar with films like THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE then you might eventually run into FAIR GAME, this Australian attempt to try and cash in on those genre pictures. I hadn't heard too much about this film but decided to give it a shot since I'm a fan of the "revenge" genre but sadly this film is pretty darn bad on many levels.

There are all sorts of problems with this movie but the biggest is the screenplay itself. It's clear that the filmmakers wanted to do a revenge picture but I just found this to be so poorly written that at times it became comical. I say that because the female character here constantly puts herself in more and more danger to the point where it turns deadly. In all honesty, I'd blame the female character here for allowing the events of the film to go where they do.

I'm not going to ruin anything in the picture but there were so many times where this character could have gotten away and moved on in life yet she kept going back for more. All of this got rather annoying as the picture went on but there are plenty of other problems including the male characters being deadly dull and boring. It also doesn't help that there's not an ounce of tension to be found and the entire film just has a very dull feel to it.

With that said, the look at the outback was wonderful and made for some terrific shots throughout the picture. I'd also argue that Delaney was quite good in her role and it's too bad that it wasn't better written. FAIR GAME has pretty much been forgotten ever since it came out and it's easy to see why.

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