Review: Robyn Davidson, a young woman leaves everything behind and begins a solo trek across roughly 2,000 miles of deserts of West Australia. All she has with her are four camels and her faithful dog.
Director: John Curran
Actors: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Lily Pearl, Philip Dodd, Fiona Press, Rainer Bock, John Flaus and Jessica Tovey
Genre: Adventure, Biography and Drama
How famous this story is I don’t know as I have never heard about it. I found this a fascinating story and one which I knew nothing about. I thought that Mia Wasikowska did an amazing job, It is lovely to see someone that is fairly new and who hasn’t done that much work. I thought she was perfect for the role. As good an actor as Adam Driver is, I have to say I am not a huge fan of his but he gave a terrific performance. He was in it just enough so you never got fed up of watching him. Great to see lesser known actors. I know this is a true story but I felt I actually believed in the characters. They all felt so real to me. The director balanced the whole film really well. It also made me realise how incredible camels are and also dogs. I won’t give too much away but there is a scene in which the dog basically saves Robyn’s life. While watching this I felt that I was actually on the journey with her. I did feel the sense of loneliness and could almost feel what she was going through herself. The cinematography was brilliant all the way through. It was lovely to see a true film where is wasn’t taken over by Hollywood or Hollywood glamorised. In the past here have been many attempts to bring Robyn Davidson’s adventure memoir to the big screen. Over the years it is said that both Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman have been attached to the lead role. At the end of this film I did feel like I needed to see some greenery and also felt very thirsty as she just walked non stop through dry land.