Top

film

Stories

 

Wolf Creek 2 Offers More of the Same Casual Brutality

<I>Wolf Creek 2</I> Offers More of the Same Casual Brutality

To surpass the original, sequels must avoid repeating events and themes covered in the original. This is easier with certain genres, like action (Lethal Weapon 2 and The Road Warrior being representative examples), than others, like horror. Such is the problem with Wolf Creek 2.

Antipodean assassin Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) picks up where he left off, executing two uncooperative cops before moving on to a couple of obnoxious German hitchhikers and others, sarcastically taunting his victims all the while. No longer "loosely based on true events," as in the first movie, and now showcasing Taylor's peculiar xenophobia -- he only kills foreign travelers, and plays a sadistic game of Aussie trivia with one victim -- Wolf Creek 2 occasionally comes across like writer-director Greg McLean's one-man campaign against Tourism Australia.

McLean is attempting to refashion Taylor as a kind of antihero. After all, weren't Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers just surprisingly durable psychopaths at first? Jarratt's matter-of-fact brutality as he dispatched hapless campers was part of what made Wolf Creek so chilling, but in a strategy that proves sporadically successful, McLean has significantly dialed up the black humor. At least Taylor doesn't rape anybody this time around.

Location Info

Map

AMC Empire 25

234 W. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: West 40s

Details

Wolf Creek 2
Written and directed by Greg McLean
RLJ/Image Entertainment
Opens May 16, AMC Empire 25
Available on demand



Subscribe to the Voice Film Club podcast

But aside from a few more car chases and a glimpse of Taylor's subterranean lair ("You're in bogan Carcosa now!"), Wolf Creek 2 merely offers more of the same casual brutality. The only shocking (and depressing) part is how inured to it moviegoers have become.

 
My Voice Nation Help
 

Now Showing

Find capsule reviews, showtimes & tickets for all films in town.

Box Office Report

Join My Voice Nation for free stuff, film info & more!

Movie Trailers

Loading...