Adventure/Biography/Drama, Rated M, 110 Minutes.
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Emma Booth
Available 25 June – Outdoor screenings from 25 Aug 2014.
In the mid 1970s, young Australian Robyn Davidson goes on a 1,700 mile trek across the deserts of Western Australia from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, with faithful dog, Diggity, after acquiring four camels – and not much encouragement. But she meets a well-connected freelance photographer, Rick Smolan who offers to introduce her to National Geographic magazine – which ends up sponsoring her trek. Based on a true story.
Based on the ‘Incredible True Story’ of Robyn Davidsons 1,700 mile walk from Alice Springs to the West coast through the Australian outback with only a couple of camels and a dog to keep her company is an incredible feat, but is it an interesting one? It does raise the question why, and what’s the point. Unlike similar outback journey’s like ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’ where their journey has a point, Robyn’s doesn’t really seem to have one, leaving us meandering through the desert for almost two hours wondering if anything is going to happen. Thankfully she’s harassed occasionally by an American photographer from National Geographic Magazine the people funding her crazy mission. This adds some drama to the story but essentially it’s a beautifully shot uneventful story that fails to get into the head of Robyn Davidson. It does have some clumsy attempts at backstory using pretentious and ridiculously sentimental flashbacks but instead of connecting you with the character, they just feel hollow. Its proof that bestselling books and inspiring articles from magazines don’t always prove to be engaging films. I found that the most interesting part of the journey was the end credits that feature some of the beautiful photos of Robyn’s journey taken by National Geographic’s Rick Smolan. If you don’t love camels you might find Tracks slow going, thankfully I love camels.
Review out of five stars: ★★1/2 Stars
Review by Andy Marshall – to find me on Letterboxd click HERE
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