What a croc

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Film Reviews New Dvds - DON­ALD CLARKE

BLACK WA­TER Di­rected by Andrew Traucki, David Ner­lich. Star­ring Diana Glenn, Maeve Der­mody, Andy Rodor­eda, Ben Ox­en­bould, Fiona Press 15A cert, gen re­lease, 90 min

THIS low-bud­get Aus­tralian hor­ror film is not with­out its charms. Tak­ing its cue from the sim­i­larly ti­tled Open Wa­ter – in which real sharks ap­peared to eat real Amer­i­cans – Black Wa­ter puts a small group of smug id­iots in a dinghy and pro­pels them into croc­o­dile-in­fested wa­ters. Be­fore long a pre-op hand­bag has up­ended the ves­sel and forced the Brads, Bruces and Sheilas to take shel­ter in a tree.

There are some sat­is­fac­to­rily hor­rid sit­u­a­tions in the suc­ceed­ing hour. The scene where one sur­vivor tries to draw a croc­o­dile to­wards her by plung­ing her friend’s sev­ered arm in the wa­ter is par­tic­u­larly note­wor­thy. But far too much of the film is taken up with at­tempts by the party to ne­go­ti­ate them­selves from one branch to the next.

If I wanted to watch a 90minute Aus­tralian ver­sion of The Crys­tal Maze, I’d . . . well, I’d prob­a­bly check my­self into a lu­natic asy­lum.

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