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CROCODILE HUNTER - COLLISION COURSE   Print  E-mail 
Written by Graham Reed  
Monday, 05 July 2004
STREWTH! CRIKEY!

Ever wanted to see a man dice with deadly animals on a daily basis ,yet act totally unfazed by it all ? Ever watched "Animal Planet"? Welcome, to Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter tm and star of said TV show, whose so damn macho during this film its almost untrue.... Centred around a ludicrously bizarre premise the plot (as such) involves the CIA , who are dispatched halfway across the world to Australia to recover a part of a spy satellite after having fallen from space, which could change the balance of power of the whole world.


However, its located in the belly of a crocodile...the same crocodile that Steve Irwin is dispatched to protect and relocate. So It's a race against time, against poachers, the CIA, and a cranky old woman armed with a shotgun, to save the world. Just a usual day in Steve Irwin land, really. Still you gotta admire someone who has stars like Bruce Willis begging for cameo's in the film, and tells `em to go get stuffed...


It's entertaining enough though : It hardly takes itself seriously.In parts it's an extended version of the TV show, Steve mugging up to the camera and saying stuff like "Strewth! You gotta watch out for that! She's beautiful but she's very very grumpy..." when snakes try to inject him with enough venom to kill 150 men. Or when he's trying to wrestle crocodiles, rescue his pet dog, get involved with spiders, kangeroo's, or near enough any other animal you can imagine.

With a knowing narration that plays straight to the camera and audience, it's half nature documentary, half spy thriller, totally tongue in cheek and lighthearted kitsch fun, This is a movie to watch with your mates, laugh along with, and then not think too hard about afterwards. Because if you did, you might realise how flimsy it all is. Now get some cans of Fosters in and enjoy it! Strewth! Crikey!  Etc. etc. etc

Great, if totally insubstantial fun.

 

 

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