Saturday, December 3, 2011

Film Review - Red Dog (2011)

Red Dog tells the tale of well, Red Dog, an Australian Kelpie who wanders into the Western Australian mining town of Dampier, from there he meets the locals who work for the mining company as well as the local bus driver John (Josh Lucas) who changes his life forever.

Red Dog was a wonderful Australian film, reminding me very much of the good old days of our industry, especially the miners themselves as I was reminded of a late 70s Australian filmed called "The Last of the Knuckle men" which by the way produced by Byron Kennedy and starred Mike Preston both of whom would also work on Mad Max 2 a couple of years later.

But enough about the trivia, lets get back to this movie, it will tug at your heartstrings almost right away due to Koko the Kelpie, I mean sure Lucas, Rachael Taylor and the other actors are fine, in fact they're quite good but this is Koko's movie through and through and its hard not to fall in love with him with those oh so cute eyes and that look on his face that makes your heart melt, the cute little dog, I know that sounds slightly schmaltzy but if you've seen the film, you will understand why.

Though if I have a gripe with the film it is this, at times the movie plays out like a feature length version of a "This is our story" ad that the mining industry here in Australia showed on TV and in cinemas a while back, I know that is the point of the film but at times the mining segment of the film felt very tacked on and in your face.

And lastly, I couldn't help but call Red Cat MAD Cat at times as I was reminded of that famous cat while watching Red Cat in this film.

All in all, it took me a while to get to see it but it was well worth the wait, especially for that little dog, 3 out of 5.

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