Welcome wave of madness
YOU may have to hunt high and low to find a cinema screening of this quality low-budget Australian thriller, but the effort will be well and truly worth it.
The trump card played so impressively by Caught Inside is a spectacularly unhinged lead performance from Ben Oxenbould.
You might remember this guy from services rendered on dead-end local TV productions such as Comedy Inc and Hey Dad..!, but I can guarantee you’ll see him in a whole new sinister light after you catch his magnificent work here.
Oxenbould plays a psychopathic surfer dude named The Bull, who spends the film ruining an Indonesian wave-riding holiday for a group of Australian youths.
What tips The Bull ( one of those nut-jobs who will refer to himself in the third person every other sentence) over the edge? The sudden introduction of some women on to what was supposed to be an all-bloke surfing trip.
With tensions already high due to the cramped conditions aboard the group’s charter boat ( skippered by an amusingly surly Peter Phelps), a sleazy incident involving a pretty passenger stirs up a tsunami of madness in The Bull.
First-time filmmaker Adam Blaiklock knows he is on a winner with Oxenbould’s unsettling performance, which can zip from frightening to funny and back again with astonishing speed.
So when Caught Inside finally descends into an expected them-versus-him free-for-all in the final act, it is Oxenbould’s wickedly wonky way with an improvised line that keeps the whole thing fresh.
A well-chosen support cast, led by Daisy Betts and Simon Lyndon, will silence any accusations this might be a D-grade Dead Calm.
It most certainly is not.