Australia (2008)

Genre(s): Adventure / Romance
Fox || PG13 - 165 minutes - $29.99 || March 3, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-03-09


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Writer(s): Baz Luhrmann (story), Stuart Beattie and Baz Luhrmann & Ronald Harwood and Richard Flanagan (screenplay)
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman


Theatrical Release Date: November 26, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Surround 5.1), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

I ended up going to the library today at college with a new potential date and ended up seeing an ex of mine there. I know, youíre probably thinking ďthis kid has a lot of exísĒ and youíre right, I do. Anyways, so she gave me a dirty look and acted like I didnít exist. Apparently sheís still mad since we dated three years ago. People hold grudges for that long? Sheesh, I never knew. I do however hold a grudge now against Hugh Jackman, ďstarĒ of Australia for signing onto this movie.

By the way, since this movie clocks in at nearly three hours, Iím only going to be able to tell you a little bit about the incredibly lackluster and not believable story in the slightest. Thereís at least ten different storylines in this film that donít make sense or arenít interesting. Iím going to try my best to not bore you and only talk about the exciting things for the film, but since there really arenít any (unless youíre a fan of Hugh Jackman not wearing a shirt most of the film) Iíll just continue.

Sara Ashley (Nicole Kidman) lives in England and her husband who has some sort of cattle ranch that isnít doing well. She goes to Australia to get him to stop with the whole cattle thing and give it up, and upon arriving there he is murdered. Apparently itís a good idea in movies these days to kill off a character and hope you remember how he died since itís important about two hours later in the story.

Before he died, her husband called for Drover (Hugh Jackman) to help his wife out and also get rid of his cattle. That is, if the villain of the movie Neil Fletcher (David Wenham) has anything to say about it. His family owns most of the cattle ranches in the area, and wants to own Ashleyís as well. Fletcher and Ashley speak about selling the farm, and tries to comfort her on her husbandís passing as well. He also lets her know that the killer may be a man known as King George (David Gulpilil), who a little boy named Nullah (Brandon Walters) sees throughout the movie. I honestly thought that King George was an illusion seen by the kid for about ninety minutes until something happens in the story to make me realize heís real.

While at the ranch, Fletcher ends up getting into a fight with Nullah which causes Ashley to fire him on the spot. For some reason the police show up and Nullah and his mother hide in the water tower and his mother drowns in the tower. He joins Ashley and Drover in an attempt to sell the cattle on the ranch and move on with their lives, and is joined by Kipling Flynn (Jack Thompson) to help get them sold. However, when they are trying to get the cattle across a mountain, Fletcherís henchmen (Iím guessing, anyways) startle the cattle and a stampede begins that endangers everyoneís lives. Nullah and Flynn are split from Ashley and Drover, and in the process of trying to save Nullah Flynn is killed by the stampede.

Now how did the cattle manage to kill Flynn but Nullah escapes unharmed? Well the kid knows magic from George. Yes, a little child knows magic that can stop a herd of cattle from stomping him to death. It literally gets more insane and stupid from this point on, if it hadnít already. The rest of the two hour bore fest deals more with Ashley trying to sell the farm, her eventual romance and divorce from Drover, and a few other random storylines that donít make sense in the slightest.

This is one of those films that yet again Nicole Kidman has ruined by being in it. The Golden Compass wasnít a bad movie, but she ruined it. The Invasion with her and Daniel Craig? She ruined that too. Not even Hugh Jackman can save this monster of a disaster film from being even somewhat watchable. Itís boring, contrived, and goes off in directions that donít even make sense or are interesting. Thereís a reason this flopped at the box-office, so stay away.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All we get here are Deleted Scenes (3 minutes) that donít amount to anything.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Due to Fox sending out watermarked DVDs, I canít rate the video accurately. If they send out a final copy, I will update the score accordingly.

On the audio side of things, this isnít a terrible track. The Dolby Surround track is pretty decent, as surrounds were engaged and a few scenes sounded wonderfully. However, then there were the other two hours of the film that lacked significant noise or loud enough dialogue to distinguish it from being a better track. Levels were fairly low for most of the movie, and at times the surround noise overtook the dialogue from the characters. A decent track, but nothing really noteworthy here.



.::OVERALL::.

Unless some miracle happens and the video is just out of this world, this is a film that will go down in history not only as being a box-office bomb, but also just a terrible movie as well. Who thought it was a good idea to have a nearly three hour long film and almost ruin the career of the great Hugh Jackman? In case itís not obvious enough, Australia is a horrible movie in all aspects: story, special features (which there arenít any, go figure), and anything else I forgot to mention.