An American journalist on assignment in the Australian outback encounters a man-eating crocodile while trapped on a rapidly flooding mud island.

Director: Greg McLean
Writers: Greg McLean
Staring: Michael Vartan, Radha Mitchell, Sam Worthington
Streaming: Vudu
Release Date: November 8, 2007

I am sucker for some indie level monster movies. I am also sucker for eye grabbing movie posters. Rogue checks off both of those boxes. Add in a director that I have heard of before, and this movie checks all my preferences for a random rainy day background movie.

The poster. They maybe spent more money on this than some of the movie.

Rogue is about a group of tourists all partaking on a boat tour, which is being captained by Kate Ryan (Radha Mitchell). The main voice among the ship-takers is Pete McKell (Michael Vartan), a traveling tourism writer who is down on the dumps about life. All worries for all the travelers are put on hold when a massive crocodile with a scent for man flesh knocks over their boat and starts chomping on them, one-by-one.

The downfall of Rogue comes in its conclusion. A good monster movie needs a strong finale that puts the animal at its apex while giving the humans a solid shot. Ideally, there is a case that either party can win or lose. Come the end of Rogue, everything was too predictable. The fact that Ryan was still alive was cheap. It is just the idea that the strong female character needs to be alive at the end of the movie. Then there are the confines of the final confrontation. The cave is boring as hell and there is no sense of imprisonment. The only memorable quality is the giant rock, which if you are paying attention, becomes the obvious puzzle piece that McKell uses.

I wanted a strong final climax. I wanted to be engrossed. Unfortunately it was boring and dragged down a movie that otherwise, rose above the level.

The aforementioned director is Greg McLean, director of various other movies I have enjoyed. He started with Wolf Creek (2005) and also has Jungle (2017) and The Belko Experiment (2017). Wolf Creek is very much the same premise as Rogue, isolated and on the run from a killer…only difference that Wolf Creek is in an arid expanse and it’s a crazed human on the prowl. I think that fact that McLean went on to make more movies after Rogue is proof that his ability to direct elevates this particular croc movie above D-Movie fanfare.

In summary really…go see Crawl (2019) instead of Rogue, but maybe check Rogue out when falling asleep or cleaning the house.

STANKO RATING: C (2.5/5 Stars)

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