Home and Away/Neighbours on a bigger budget. Watched it on the recommendation of my 15 yr old daughter who had read the book. She loved it. Me- meh.
Another load of absolute rubbish!!!
True to form for Australian cinema, here's a movie so dripping in cliches that it must have been given a triple dip in the cliché pond. Aussie actors with "nice" city accents acting out a wooden script in a country town. The premise is fine, the story had heaps of potential, but this movie is at best aimed at 15yos.
If you've been watching quality, big name Hollywood blockbusters lately, DON'T watch this movie. People tell me the books were better. That couldn't be hard at all. Lincoln Lewis crying over his wounded girlfriend? Please. I don't have a window high enough to jump out of. I have to give this one star only because it won’t let me give none.
Interesting story ruined by poor acting and directing.
This was one of if not THE worst movies I have ever sat through. Terrible acting. Riddled with continuity errors, not to mention that they obviously didn't do much research. Was so disappointed!! They had such a fantastic story to work with but they made a total mess of it! Wish I had of listened to the negative reviews for once!
A good Aussie movie. Though full of stereotypes, it is definately worth the time to take a look at. however I am sure that King Wally Lewis would not be happy with the performance put in by his son.,
Painfully slow, poorly acted
A Good reason NOT to watch Australian movies. An interesting story gone completely to waste. Schoolkids would do a better job of writing, directing and producing then these idiots. Go back to the city and leave the bush for the bushies. A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME
Crap! A second rate Red Dawn - very disappointing and not worth your time. I cannot recommend this one.
Great story. Will wait for the 2nd part
not a bad film for the Aussies....
A very interesting topic to see as it could happen to Australia from a close neighbour very chilling but it is better to fight for life then bend your knee to any one, betterdie for something then die shitting your pants. Excellent pictures
Memories of "Red Dawn" - how was this movie any different?
interesting storyline to start with, that gets just plain silly and unbelievable
interesting concept and creation of the future . Very relevant to how we live now and what the future could hold
Read the books and cannot wait until more in the series are made.
loved it really would like to see a number 2
Pretty impressed for an Aussie movie in particular. Prob one of the best camera workmanship Ive seen in any Aussie movie too.
Script wise, too many characters were written in that you just didn't have time to care about any of them with all the action going on.
Also, PLEASE TAKE NOTE AUSSIE SCRIPT WRITERS!! : When the tyre blows we don't need the actor to say "the tyre just blew!" or "They're shooting at us!" because we can SEE that. Please get out of the habit of treating your audience like idiots.
All up enjoyable with only a few stereotypical Aussie Film cliches.
Oh my goodness, only watch this if you think that Home & Away is gripping television. The storyline is really smashed together and the movie is very amateurish, I wished I'd listened to those that gave it one and two stars after. But... I stuck it out to the very end and ....... was NOT rewarded for my efforts....
Interesting ..........hope there are more......
I read this book in high school a few years ago. Im happy to report the movie does the book justice and even though Im out of the target audience age range I really loved it. Great job with the casting, they really did it well.
If you were enthralled by the book then or now you will really impresssed by the movie.
thought i would be alot better
a little disapointing
Great movie dissapointing ending...left us ??? the end no happy JAN!!!!!!
Surprisingly good Aussie film, have to watch out for these up and coming young actors, i think they delivered the story well for what it was.
So exciting, an emotional roller coaster. A great aussie movie.
I enjoyed the movie, there was a few times I raised my eyebrows and though 'hmm' but generally glad I watched it. Only thing I'd change was the ending. I hate endings that dont resolve any issues!!!
Not bad. Obviously set up for a sequel.
Suprisingly good australian film. One for the teenagers - bit of romance, bit of action.
Oh dear. This movie was rather lame. And it had no proper ending. I would not recommend it. The only good thing was Linc Lewis is in it so got to see his pretty face a couple of times..................
my daughter read the books and loved the movie
This movie took a while to get moving but once you got past all the Aussie pretext with the cars and farm-life the movie moved along at a nice pace. It was a refreshing movie, avoiding most of the typical clich?s, making it enjoyable to emerge yourself in the film. The action scenes were all believable and well acted out. Even the unlikelihood of untrained teenagers being able to 'step-up' into the role of self-guided soldiers were kept within the realms of possibility. The only downfall I saw with the movie is that it was so well written and acted out that I didn't want it to end and I felt that the movie finished rather abruptly when so much more could have been written.
Very disappointed in this movie. I read the book when i was younger and it just wasnt the same.
The storey line has such potential to be a great movie, but it was far from. Very average Australian movie with a bit of bad acting, it just didnt quite capture the moment, the emotion, there really was just something missing from this movie. We actually turned it off half way through. If you have read the book, dont watch the movie, it will ruin it for you.
I would definetely class this as a 'B' grade movie.
Although it is some time since I read the book, I found this movie to be following the storyline reasonably well. As with the book, the movie was interesting and provided food for thought at how easily an invasion could take place and control of country towns lost. I thought the acting was great - believable characters and a bit of fun to be had amongst the action. Not just for teens! A good Aussie flick!
My husband and I loved every minute of this movie. Cant wait for the sequel.
Fantastic Australian movie, captures the essence of innocent teenagers thrust into a dangerous situation. Excellent special effects, and great script. Loved it and would watch it again anytime.
Pretty decent film - but ultimately it was shamelessly setting itself up for sequels. The climax came far too late in the film, with very little time for resolution. Nicely shot, beautiful scenery, and decently acted but typecast characters, though this is largely the case in the book. An interesting, reasonably entertaining film.
Did not know what to expect as I have not read the books but I really enjoyed it. Will watch the next ones that come out....can not wait to see more. The only thing that let it down apart from that it is really aimed at a younger audience (its good that I am young at heart) is some special effects, although done well were a bit to unrealistic toward the end of the movie. But then again if we can not let our fantasy go in the movies, where can we.
Cheesy - predictable - boring - file in rubbish bin!!!!!!!!
Last night my vivid childhood memories of a terrific set of story written by John Marsden was tarnished by this pathetic dribble that I watched. Easily the worst Australian film I have viewed in a long time. When a Quickflix critic cites that this movie as a“ more satisfying actioner than nearly any other recent American blockbuster, including Clash of the Titans ... Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and The Expendables” clearly someone’s reviewing compass is misaligned.
Great love the books. Movie good as well. Well cast.
outstanding performances by all young australlian actors. I felt like i knew the characters and really cared about what happened to them. I found myself talking out loud to the TV screen and often on the edge of the seat. lots of action. not predictable. I even watched all the extras eg behind the scenes and the making of etc. Only downfall for me was the lack of explanation of why the town was taken over and although i hated the ending it left me starving for more, so can't wait for the next one.
I turned if off after 10 minutes. Terrible script and terrible Australian acting. It was so unbelievable.
Great movie, watch this one!
Really enjoyed this. Good Australian production. Caitlin Stacey does a great job, but is let down (as is the rest of the cast) by some poor dialogue.
Worst movie ever a waste of my night.
One of the dumbest movie ever seen. Incredible that eight dumb teenagers could take on an army of professional soldiers. Did not deserve the default 3 star rating. Should give it a minus 1 star if possible.
Thats the ending!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It sounds cruel but I really thought that this would be better. Definately a Sunday arvo movie where not much thinking or caring needed.
Finished odd but was more a teenagers movie we felt but passed a couple of hours
good concept but just didnt make it onto screen that way and there really wasnt any ending so i felt like it just finished without a solution
Of course the books are better but they did a decent job of the movie.
A very promising movie, with a group of teenagers taking on the might of the Asian coalition army, although pausing to talk about boys just before blowing up a bridge is a little too unbelievable. Lucky it's just a movie. Just as the action picks up and you are into the movie, the movie ends.
i read these books a zillion tmes as a kid... always wishing one day they would be made into a movie!
Such a shame that the script really let this movie down... it just isnt quite right, or believable.. I think it woyld have been better as a TV series so that the characters woudl have time to develop their connections more with the gravity of the situation... none of the less, if you are a fan of the series, definitely check itout
I normally don't like Australian movies, so I was quite surprised by how much I liked this one. The only problem is that this feels more like a pilot for a TV series instead of a movie, and as such it feels unfinished.
An interesting concept and entertaining. Looking forward to the sequels to see how they survive in the wilderness and fight the enemy. Good action sequences and quite believable.
Why are Aussie movies acted so poorly? Go figure
This movie was a big let down. It ended just as it was about to begin.
Good but doesnt end in this dvd. ? series
Really good movie, there was a good mix of action as well as character development. It did finish up in the air which was to be expected as the books are a series.
This starts off boring but soon gets interesting. I only hope there is a sequel.
About time we had an Australian teen movie with a decent script and reasonable acting...and this isn't it! Very disappointing to waste resources on a script that needed a lot more work. Don't bother.
Great movie, well done and could actually happen. It was better to see that it was based in Australia. With the ending I am wondering if there is another movie to come after this one. Would love to see that. Thank you for a good movie
Pretty good acting in strange Aussie invasion drama.
Good film, seems to be a remake of an american film call 'Red Dawn' starring Patrick Swayze. Disappointed that the film ended when it was just starting to get interesting.
I watched this movie with my 11 year old son. He enjoyed it for the action sequences, but was a little bored in the lead up. I enjoyed it from the beginning right the way through. It was great to see a movie with an Australian background that we could all relate to. The movie was well shot with some beautiful scenery, the action scenes were totally up to scratch, particularly the scene with the bridge (those who have seen it will know what I'm talking about). The performances were a little patchy, although the lead girl Caitlin Stacey was very believable, and to be perfectly frank teenagers are a little patchy in real life too!
All in all, an entertaining movie, with a different perspective than the normal Hollywood flick.
Nice to see an Aussie flick, although some of the actors were a bit ordinary - but let's face it, we've seen much much worse in Hollywood!! I like the premise of the story - although the particulars aren't very believable, the concept is very definitely a possibility. Just look at the world around us, countries are being invaded and occupied every day!! I think this series is geared towards teenagers, but it certainly is thought provoking and really hits a bit close to home! Although it wasn't the best movie ever made, it was enjoyable enough. Worth the watch.
Great little movie that comes across as the first in a series... (based on a long series of books)... when can we expect the sequel?
For one who has read the whole series of books it was a disappointing depiction concentrating on a small part of the whole story and dragging it out eg the conflict with dramatic action. There was very little character development and insights into how the children managed to survive.
A group of mates go into hell only discover when they come out of hell, that they homeland has been invaded. They decide to fight back.
If you are a fan of the book/series, then you will thoroughly enjoy the movie. It's kept very close to the details of the book, with only very minor changes (ie technology) made.
Great Aussie movie, well played, well written, well done, well worth the watch.
Good movie, just an unexpected ending... obviously there'll be part 2 sometime but was dissapointed.
another huge flop. for me this movie is so behind the reality that i was so sorry i watched it at 6 speed from the first 10 minutes
About time that we Aussies bought out a good flick, not to say that more recent ones are good, but this one more relates to the younger crowds and those whom have ready the books written by John Marsden. Would recommend reading the books first, but if you ain't much of a reader, see the movie. It's good.
A very unusual story line, which is set in the Australian country side, Young ordinary people going about their normal lives, The events that follow, show the Aussie spirit is alive and well, in these young people from varius back ground Looking for ward to the follow up movies,
Bad acting. Pathetic continuity. Plot was....What plot? One of the worst, most boring movies we've ever seen - sorry, but couldn't watch the whole movie. Zero stars for this one.
Was a fabulous movie - the stars were great actors and actresses - the story line was so different from other movies -
This movie was really good and enjoyed it look forwar to them doing another
Excellent portrayal of the book, can't wait for the next one
Fairly ordinary although the acting was not too bad!!
Disappointed. Reasonable story line but acting, directing and special effects fairly lame. Ending left open for a sequel.....please no!
The story line was a bit weak and thready but none the less it held my attention for the duration of the movie. Not really believable but it does make one wonder- what if?
Poorly acted, scripted and plotted. Totally unbelievable concept that an enemy invasion would pick 'Cobbler's Bay' to land. The story reminded us of 'The Secret Seven' - complete with Timmy the dog.
Good action scenes, dialogue is slow and painful in parts. Disappointed it does not come to a conclusion.
Laughing the whole way for all the wrong reasons.
This movie surprised me as it was so exciting and fast moving the Aussie casy were brilliant!
I was expecting Ramsey Street meets War of the Worlds when in actual fact, if you can get past the young cast of unknowns, its actually a well produced suspenseful ride. A big budget aussie made flick. Nicely filmed too! (Especially seeing Blue Mountains locations in HD) Cant understand the harsh reviews? Is it tall poppy stuff or perhaps its viewers being uncomfortable at the idea of our not-so-remote-anymore land being invaded.
Interesting script although your suspension of disbelief will faulter once or twice. Don't expect too much and you will be pleasantly surprised. 4 stars.
Not bad for an Ozzie flick. Situation possible but hopefully never probable.
Good character mix. Can be a little over dramatised in places but on the whole great to watch on a wet miserable day
This is the second dvd of this movie as the first one we received kept stalling, otherwise a good movie, could have more guts to it but otherwise a good storyline, suit teenagers better, will watch part 2 if they make one.
You know the times when you yell at the screen "No! That is so stupid! What are you doing?!!" to characters? ... well this movie has it's share of those moments, that said, the rest of the movie is well filmed and compensates.
May-be because it is set in Australia, but it really DOES strike you as being realistic for some odd reason... even though enemy soldiers have a precision of a 007 evil minion.
One of the best Australian movies I've seen in a long time. Very true to the storyline with outstanding special effects. I was incredibly pleased that the actors didn't put on ocker aussie accents, typical of most Australian movies. It was good to see Australians portrayed as well spoken for a change. Loved it. I hope they make the rest of the series!
Was even better than I had anticipated.
Good flick, looking forward to watching the sequal as the move just stop half way thru
I thought it was only ok but my teenage daughters loved it. The younger one had seen it at the movies and was keen to see it again. Some nice scenery of what looks like the Blue Mtns.
Excellent retelling of the novel by John Marsden! unsuitable for children and quite violent in parts.
This was a total waste of time, a very unoriginal movie, done to death in the 70s and 80,s, weak script, artistic license was absurd, an unrealistic concept of military operations.
I didn't expect too much from this but was surprised to find it was better than I thought. I'd watch it again.
Some exciting moments but found the whole thing a little slow. I knew it was a part of a series of books but had hoped the conclusion would have been a bit more satisfying.
Don't bother....poor acting, bad storyline, far fetched! Felt like I was watching Home and Away! What a waste of my time!
My teenage-daughters loved the movie but I was a bit disappointed with the poor acting. I haven't read the book and I hope it's better than the movie but the storyline was rather far fetched.
Very disappointing, I was expecting this to be a great action packed movie, instead it was so slow with very weak acting with a boring sudden end - it dragged on soooooo much - so painful to sit through.
Haven't read the books and wasn't sure what to expect but enjoyed this film. Some good acting, unfortunately some dodgy acting (why do they have to do the ocker Aussie accent!), and parts of the storyline were a bit too unbelievable but overall a really good attempt. I enjoyed it enough that I'm looking forward to a sequel.
There are many great Australian movies out there, but this is not one of them!
Seriously people, watch Red Dawn for all your "foreign country invades and kids fight back" needs.
The plot builds and then....stops, quickly and with no satisfaction. There is no real conclusion, just a lead-in to a yet to be proposed Part 2.
There are a few credibility gaps in the plot, well, more than a few, and there are hints at political statements (i.e. the Captain Cook colonisation scene showing British Marines in foreground and Aboriginal folk in the background, i.e. 'Now you know what it is like to be invaded and colonised!'). But overall, I'm not sure what the message is, or if there is one. Perhaps, 'Be alert but not yet alarmed', 'Populate or be invaded' (I don't think Marsden intended that but this could be one interpretation), 'Spend more on civil defense and the military'... or maybe it's just entertainment. Then there's the question, who are the enemy? A radio bulletin refers to them as "coalition forces", and they're clearly SE Asian, and their invasion points are northern ports at Townsville and Port Hedland plus the fictional location for the plot (which is shot in several locations including the Blue Mtns). Their weapons are mixed - mostly AK47s (Russian origin) and some M16s (USA origin). Was Marsden warning about a possible Indonesian invasion, or perhaps from China, or both? The movie avoids being overtly anti-Asian by including an Australian Asian hero amongst the lead actors, but otherwise there is a bit of xenophobic vibe, but I guess you've got to have an enemy and they can't be faceless (except in sci-fi).
It was a decent movie, especially for a home-grown one with the associated budget constraints, and the acting was up to the task. But as per a not-so-subtle line in the film, I suspect that the book is much better than the movie. The greatest weakness is the handbrake conclusion - plot stops just as it should be shifting into phase three - the operations of the organised resistance movement. Disappointing - maybe there will be a Part 2.
Lets face it - with the legion of fans this book series has, the movie was never going to live up to expectations. I think it translated well onto the screen though and the characters were portrayed well. The acting was a bit cringe-worthy in places but at least they chose Australian actors and not US ones. Lets hope that the success of this action movie, which aren't made that successfully in Australia, means they will continue to make more in the series.
A good Aussie movie. It had a a strong storyline which is sometimes absent from other Aussie flics. I felt the ending was giving one the impression that there may be a sequel. I do hope so! I will be watching for it.
As a huge fan of the books I had high hopes for this movie. I went into the cinema with my stomach clenched in anticipation. I knew of Caitlyn Stacy from Neighbours Australia and I wasn't sure how she'd convey as Ellie Linton, but I think she did a marvelous job.
I found myself falling in love with the story line all over again as the movie went on. It's full of action, but has lots of comedy with some rather intense dramatic moments.
I think everyone should give this film a go. The ending was a bit corny, but I hear they're hoping to continue on with another movie, so hopefully movie two will make that ending worth it.
Most of the actors were good. I especially loved Pheobe Tonkin as "pretty girl" Fiona Maxwell. She did a wonderful job.
Deniz Akdeniz was good as silly guy Homer.
I thought that Chris Pang and Matthew Dale (Lee and Chris respectively) were a bit of a let down, but they weren't in the film for too long to make it such a bother.
Looking forward to seeing more. Highly recommended.
I've read all these books and LOVED them. In the start of the movie I was horrified at the cornyness of the acting, however it did improve as it went on. Nothing outstanding, but enjoyable all the same. I was disappointed that it came to an end as well - but that's the way the books are too. Will be very interested in the next one. I'd give it 2.5 stars if I knew how to get a half star to light up!
Acting was disappointing; some good actors were in there though. Good to see new actors as you get sick of the old ones. Would have been good to have ONE big Australian actor in there, would have made the movie just that little bit more money. Storyline was fine and original haven’t read the book so I cannot say how it is compared. Effects were good some you could tell was CGI. Ending a little disappointing as it was left open for sequel, which I will watch if not too much the same as the first. I don’t want this to become a franchise that is just the same movie over and over again. The best thing about it is that it’s AUSSIE. Much prefer "animal kingdom".
Good for an Australian action movie.
For a 'no-brainer' I actually really enjoyed the movie enough to give it a 4, but when the ending was left open I deducted a point. I really hate 'rip-off' movies that leave you hanging. If there are follow up movies to come, I might reconsider the deduction.
You'll probably like this if you're in your mid-teens and like the books. If you're older like me you'll think all the characters are one-dimensional, the plot is chock full of clichés, the acting is at times stilted and awkward, and the plot has some holes big enough to drive trucks through.