DVD
Razorback

Starring: Judy Morris, Gregory Harrison and Bill Kerr
Anchor Bay Entertainment UK
RRP: 16.99
ABD4384
Certificate: 18
Available 25 April 2005


Old 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.

Extras include: Widescreen, 5.1, trailer; featurette, biographies, stills gallery, and film notes.

This 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.

Ty Power

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