New on DVD: Rogue

Director Greg McLean likes to take minor true stories and extrapolate them, creating horrifyingly impractical movies. 2005’s bloody Wolf Creek was based on the annual disappearance of campers (who are usually found within a month) in Australia; Rogue is taken from the tale of a small fishing boat that was tossed by a large crocodile. […]

Director Greg McLean likes to take minor true stories and extrapolate them, creating horrifyingly impractical movies. 2005’s bloody Wolf Creek was based on the annual disappearance of campers (who are usually found within a month) in Australia; Rogue is taken from the tale of a small fishing boat that was tossed by a large crocodile. Both amount to stretches of the imagination.

Pete McKell (Michael Vartan) is a travel writer plucked out of his element by his editor and dropped in the Australian outback. To ensure a comprehensive review, he takes a boat tour through crocodile territory with the resolute guide Kate Ryan (Radha Mitchell). However, they venture into forbidden territory and the gatekeeper, an enormous crocodile, traps them on a drowning island.

When it comes to man versus nature, it’s difficult not to side with the man-eating beast in most films. After all, they have invaded the space of the creature and half the people being hunted are usually guilty of moronic acts or a stain of some degree on the human race. The saddest part of the flick is usually the defeat of the beast.

The cast’s performances are adequate but the characters are lacking – there is very little that audiences can latch on to and, thus, care for about the characters. But the giant crocodile looks good, even though it is an entirely CGI reptile.

The “Making of” documentary by McLean covers all the bases, although it often plays like a tribute to the director. There are also a series of mini documentaries that address each component individually but most of it is just extended footage from the compilation doc. The feature commentary by McLean reveals a fair bit about the production and locations.