Friday, 28 March 2014

Tracks Review


Release Date: 10th October 2013 - Australia

Production Companies
See-Saw Films

Transmission Films

Genre: Drama

Rating: M

Runtime: 113 minutes

Budget: $12,000,000

Box Office Gross: $4,878,242

Plot Summary
Robyn’s phenomenal solo 
trek from Alice Springs to 
Uluru and on to the Indian 
Ocean saw her traverse 
2700km of spectacular 
yet unforgiving Australian 
desert accompanied only 
by her loyal dog and four 
unpredictable camels. 

Charismatic young New 
Yorker and National 
Geographic photographer 
Rick Smolan travelled from 
the other end of the earth 
to capture, at intervals, 
this epic and remarkable 
journey into one of 
the world’s last great 
wildernesses. Robyn 
reluctantly agreed to a 
visiting photographer in 
return for much needed 
trip funding and could 
only see Rick’s visits as 
intruding on her solitude 
and compromising 
everything the journey 
meant to her. However, 
this uneasy relationship 
between two very different 
people would slowly 
develop into an unlikely 
and enduring friendship.

Set against one of the 
wildest, most dangerous 
and most breathtaking 
backdrops on the planet, 
this unprecedented 
journey pushed Robyn 
to her physical and 
emotional limits and 
taught her that sometimes 
we have to detach from 
the world to feel connected 
to it. In witnessing this 
extraordinary journey we 
realise that the impossible 
is within reach of us all.

Mia Wasikowska - Robyn Davidson
Adam Driver - Rick Smolan
Rolley Mintuma - Mr. Eddie
Brendan Maclean - Peter
Rainer Bock - Kurt
Jessica Tovey - Jenny
Emma Booth - Marg

Director - John Curran
Based on Memoir "Tracks" - Robyn Davidson
Screenplay - Marion Nelson
Producers - Iain Canning and 
Emile Sherman
Production Designer - Melinda Doring
Costume Designer - Mariot Kerr
Cinematography - Mandy Walker 
Film Editor - Alexandre de Franceschi 
Music - Garth Stevenson

Terrible how blockbuster movies end in the afternoon sessions and not start in the mornings. In a heavy burden to choose a film suitable to my schedule, I was forced to choose TRACKS as my new critique. A movie much like THE MONUMENTS MEN except it isn't a real wartime story and it is like an everlasting journey of poignancy and survival. True, I only wanted to see it for its scenery of the Aussie wastelands and not a single trace or error of CGI is used on screen. This documented feature tangles in a grip of isolation with sometimes there are less parts of the dialogue not said by one of the main characters. Containing a few scenes that there are unsettling and can sometimes feel emotionally disturbing. I guess that I'm completely warped to oversee and criticise a fewer flaws to tick on my list. 

Also the leading female role is neatly concentrated by the young actress Mia Wasikowska. I never saw her as Alice in the title movie by Tim Burton and I'm glad I would never want to review it today. 

This movie may never be my thing to favour, I think it has done well in half of its sad drama.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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