Wednesday, March 12, 2014

[Mini Review] Tracks (2014)

DIRECTED BY: John Curran
WRITTEN BY:  Marion Nelson, Robyn Davidson
STARRING: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver

Adapted from Robyn Davidson's memoir of the same name, it’s the chronicle of a young woman's nine month trek across the Western Australian desert to the Indian Ocean. 

As someone who enjoys spending a good deal of time alone, maybe too much; I was immediately drawn to this film upon first seeing the trailer. And the desert, particularly the Australian outback is an environment I've always found fascinating. 

Her journey doesn't begin straight away; we meet Robyn as she arrives in Alice Springs where she spends a considerable amount of time working for next to nothing, gaining experience and knowledge for her eventual journey which at the last minute National Geographic decides to help fund providing one of their photographers documents it along the way.

It was an experience watching this film, one that has a very dreamlike and spiritual quality about it. In fact it was very reminiscent of Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout where not a great deal happens, it's mainly all observation, watching our central character evolve and the physical and mental strain the seemingly endless journey has on her. The films also explore Aboriginal culture very respectfully, which makes up a large part of the film's spiritual aspect in how they have a deep connection with the land. I read that Robyn Davidson was actually involved with the Aboriginal Land Rights movement during her time in Alice Springs.

The film is shot extremely well; cinematography Mandy Walker really does capture the harshness and beauty of the great sun baked southern continent. Mia Wasikowska as the head strong and determined Robyn Davidson is excellent. She's such a wonderful and versatile actress and she's cast perfectly in this.

One of the reasons we watch films is to escape from reality to go somewhere else for a couple of hours and that was Tracks does very well. I felt as if I had literally been away from it all and not just for 2 hours.

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