(it) wrote: This movie is utterly appalling! Why someone thought it worth making is beyond me! I'm a fan of submarine movies and this is by far the worst I have ever seen! I'd say avoid at all costs, maybe people should watch it to see how bad movies can be!
(br) wrote: Saw this film at the Sydney Fox Studios, the day it came out, i think it was November 26th 2008There is a funny story behind this film. I was hitchhiking in the Australian desert with no real purpose, i had a backpack, a little money and i was visiting the country... to say the least i was on an adventure.Little did i know that my life was about to take an incredible turn. One evening i walked into a pub in the outback and for whatever reasons opened the newspapers and saw that Baz Luhrmann was shooting a new movie in Bowen.In less than a second, it hit me, like a bolt of lightning. Bowen, this is where i have to go. Believe it or not i went there and actually got hired as an extra, body double, hand double and overall jack of all trade to work on this film and what was supposed to be a 2 days gig turned out to be a 5 month job. Being on set amongst the many extras and the film crew was an honor and a dream come true. As a child i always wanted to work in movies, not for the fame but rather for the flexibility to embody different characters and tell stories. The set in Bowen was insane, we worked tremendously long hours, nights were interminable, sometimes cold too. I learned to play many card games and greatly improved my english by chatting with the many other extras and film crew members, many became friends.My goodness, looking back on it, ten years later, i think i had the best time of life. I was this young 22 years old man, freshly arrived in Australia and i was being part of one of the most sweeping epic films ever shot in that country, surrounded by a whole cast and crew of incredibly kind, open minded and nurturing people. Unfortunately after watching the film, i was disappointed, it did not reflect the ideas and hopes i had for it. I had projected something of my own but Baz Luhrmann, the visionary man, had a whole different idea of what his film would be. So here we are in Fox studios and the credits roll down with so many familiar names, but still, like a thorn in the chest, i was a little sad. We tend to built up an incredible amount of thoughts around something sometimes that the final product can never reach our hopes. It was the case with this film. I never wanted to watch it again and didn't think i'll ever work on a film again. Little did i know that things would turn out differently because, one grows and the vision of this work i had a few years back has changed today, 10 years after shooting the film, i finally got to look at it again on Netflix.Today i look at the film with fond eyes, it has become so much better than it was in my memory and i found it absolutely gorgeous from start to finish. The cinematography by Mandy Walker is superb to say the least and the interpretation of the two leads is certainly refreshing. Back then i thought the film was not as good as it should have been. Today i think it's an incredibly entertaining film, filled with a lot of passion, romance, a true epic dimension, lots of action and a wonderful message for hope and changes. I find the natural locations very inspiring, the storyline interesting and the whole scenario quite well put together. One could have expected something more rough and dusty like the outback of Australia, something closer to the western genre. But this is not the Australia that Baz Luhrmann was envisioning and i'm glad because he has delivered something unique instead, a spiritual love letter to his country, imperfect sure but definitely powerful. Thank you mister Luhrmann, you have created a story and left a mark in the film history, i personally salute your passion for film making and will forever keep in mind the beautiful experience you have allowed me to live with this film.
(ag) wrote: Striking visuals (if reminiscent of Gladiator, Ridley Scott's Robin Hood and Game of Thrones amongst others) and an intriguingly hammy performance from Charlize Theron as a seriously disturbed queen. But this film joins the ranks of wannabe epics that fail to have any impact, particularly in the oddly dull action and battle sequences. And Kristen Stewart is miscast, convincing neither as an innocent beauty confronted by and grappling with evil nor as a warrior queen. She's physically present and that's it. Optically interesting failure.
(ru) wrote: 2.98 --- The performances by Cooper and Miller are pretty solid, however the story is flat at times. If you're a food enthusiast, I'd check this out just for how realistic the kitchen scenes are.