man Jake Cullen receives the shock of his life when a razorback
(boar) the size of a rhinoceros charges through the side of
his isolated house and snatches his young grandson. Jake is
taken to court accused of the murder, but he is eventually
released due to lack of evidence. Nobody in the little nearby
town believes the old man's story. Jake makes it his one goal
in life to seek out and destroy the beast. When Beth Winters,
an American journalist, arrives in town to question the locals
about the illegal killing of kangaroos she is directed to
the old pet food factory. When she goes missing too, her husband
Carl tries to trace what happened to her. After a run-in with
two twisted and violent individuals who are connected to the
factory, he meets-up with Sarah Cameron, a young pig farmer
who is friendly with Jake. When they suspect the razorback
is nearby Jake goes hunting. Carl plans a revenge for his
earlier treatment by the two men; however, events don't go
exactly according to plan, and Carl ends up at the factory
fighting for his life against the huge razorback...
It's fine to show your monster fleetingly to heighten tension,
especially if your effects don't hold up particularly well,
but in this movie the razorback is hardly seen at all, even
in the climatic scene. The human villains are not so much
frightening as extremely annoying, and the fig farmer looks
more like a model than a hardened labourer (wasn't she in
Mad Max 2?).
I'm sorry to say there's not much to praise here. The characters
are rather bland, and in the case of Jake somewhat stereotyped.
If you have an animal as your bad guy, it's even more important
to have strong human characterisation; people we care about
and that have a believable agenda.
include: Widescreen, 5.1, trailer; featurette, biographies,
stills gallery, and film notes.
film was the winner of two Australian Film Institute awards
for Cinematography and Film Editing, and was nominated in
other fields - but that doesn't convince me it's any good.
Considering both were Australian films made in the eighties,
the difference in class between Razorback and Mad
Max 2 (for instance) is leagues apart.
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