1978. Culturally interesting. Australia. Interview with director.
A haunting character study about a pragmatic man who slowly becomes a believer the hard way. Engulfed by visions that connect him with the mysteries of the aboriginals and an apocalyptic prophecy. It took me a few viewings to fully appreciate this Peter Weir movie.
One of the best movies about the apocalypse. An artsy literate look at the end of the world. Tremendous really. Chamberlain was great in this kind of under the radar neglected masterpiece.
A good film. I was watching Dr.kildare before I saw this.
Director Peter Weir follows his critically acclaimed "Picnic at Hanging Rock" with this voodoo thriller that starts out on a promising note with enough creepy tension to keep you interested but ends with so much Hollywood mumbo-jumbo and a final apocalypse that drips across the screen like a cataclysm in a teapot. Chamberlain’s performance is tepid at best while the Aboriginal stock characters stare into the distance, their cultural beliefs reduced to a few mumbled passages about magical rocks and spiritual planes. Only actor/writer David Gulpilil’s animated performance as one of the accused men exhibits the kind of intensity one would expect from a story with such far-reaching aspirations. An interesting premise but ultimately a soggy disappointment.
It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”
An excellent early Weir film.
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