Black Water (2007)

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A terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia

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21 October 2013 | kannibalcorpsegrinder
6
| Disappointing and lacking crocodile effort
Deciding to take a special canoeing trip through the Australian outback, a small group of friends is stranded in the wilderness by a massive, flesh-hungry crocodile not letting them leave and forcing them to find a way to survive the desperate odds.

This here turned out to be quite a lacking killer crocodile feature that really has to look at the main villain to understand the failure. This here has so little action with the croc that there's very few times where it has something going for it, as the film puts them in the water with it so early on but tends to make the more realistic route where it only shows up to attack that the main portion of the film is spent with everyone waiting in the trees for it to leave that it just grows deadly dull waiting for that kill scene or attack to happen and they just spend an eternity not having anything transpire that long which just gets old. As well, the utter lack of preparation for the unlikely event this happened really seems like it's just there to ensure they remain stuck in the situation longer than necessary, and for a film so enamored with realism that this one tries for is a little hard to swallow. That said, the whole effort to remain wholly realistic for a change is where this gets some positive points in that there's a real sense this could potentially happen as the crocodile is kept to believable actions and motions, the prop for the creature behaves beautifully and looks realistic as well, and the rather ironic sense of cruelty that runs through it provides some decent moments both in terms of kills and character actions. It's more than enough to save some of it but not enough to fix all of the problems.

Rated R: Graphic Language, Violence and animal violence.

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