17 year old jared is dating his 1st serious girlfriend rachel & his best friend ricko a local surf legend has returned home. Jared throws a welcome party at the local surf club. Its the event of the year but it gets out of... more » control. Next morning the town is in shock when a 15 year old has been raped & murdered. Studio: Vanguard Cinema Release Date: 10/29/2002 Run time: 102 minutes Rating: Ur« less
"This was a very good movie, however the reviews here are extremely misleading! This is not a Heath Ledger film, he shows up for maybe five minutes. I think it is more important however to let people know that this movie deals with very serious issues...it is not a piece of fluff. For those who are squirmish be forewarned, there is a scene of a gang rape that is very disturbing."
Hardly an adventure movie
Sophie K. | 07/17/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This mvoie is based on the true story of the murder of a young woman. The murder rocked Newcastle and if I remember correctly, some parents of one of the children involved tried to have it baned. Yes it is harsh and confronting, more so because it is true and shows human nature at its worst. Not a movie to watch if you need cheering up."
Between a rock and a hard place
lecudedag | NSW Australia | 07/08/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This film is based on the real life sadistic rape and torture of a school girl Leigh Leigh, in the Newcastle region of New South Wales.
What I found remarkably hard to understand about this (perhaps it's just me) is the 'dilemma' faced by one of the lead characters.
He and his mates are out having a party. He witnesses the rape and the killing and yet he has a 'dilemma' about reporting it because he's good mates with the perpertrator. For me there's no issue whatsoever, the brutality of the crime could not be convered up, so I had enormous difficulty understanding the motives of the central character of this film"
A gritty and powerful Australian drama.
Stephen | Australia | 06/10/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Steve Vilder's controversial "Blackrock" is a disturbing Australian film which forces you to reach deep inside yourself and begins to make you question your own morals.What would you do if you witnessed some of your friends committing an horrendous crime? What would you do if you saw a friend being raped? Would you keep silent and pretend it never happened? or would you go to the police?These are the questions faced by the protagonist Jared, played by the talented and honest Laurence Breuls. This critically aclaimed Australian drama lays focus on not only Jared's reactions and feelings about the crime but also on the friends and family of who this tragedy has destroyed their lives. This movie details how each friend comes to grips with this tragic and real crime that has been prevalent in our society for a long time.Blackrock confront's powerful issues such as rape, guilt, family and peer pressures and trust/mis-trust with such realism, that it begins to take on the feel of a real-life documentary on the truama that these young adults are living through.If you get the opportunity to view this film, please dont deny yourself. The script is powerful and focused and extremely well paced. The actors perform their roles exceptionally well, and deliver their lines with an unflinching raw intesity.An Australian film which is most-worthy of adding to your movie collection."
"Over the Edge" Aussie style
lecudedag | 09/03/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The earlier reviewer is correct in his assessment of the crime this movie is based on being without any justification at all; however, the movie itself is well acted and well directed, very sad and admittedly depressing take on "group"- or "mob"-based teenage crime. The old adage of 1 boy having a brain, 2 boys having 1/2 brain and 3 or more having no brain at all is clearly at hand. The void that exists with a lack of responsible and/or positive leadership is filled with negative self-appointed role models. All that and Heath Ledger debuting in a role reminiscent of Matt Dillon's own in 1979."