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The makers of Collision Course obviously knew this, as their attitude towards the film is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". There's a rudimentary plot that involves a renegade crocodile, a lost Top Secret American satellite and some CIA agents on a retrieval mission in the Australian Outback, but these are just a backdrop filled by forgettable characters. The real stars are, quite rightly, Steve Irwin, his wife Terri and their long-suffering dog Sui (who probably dreams of Frisbees and warm beds on those constant boat trips through the swamps of Australia). The entire film is done in the same format as the TV series, with Steve speaking directly to the camera as he handles everything from "the most poisonous snake in the world" (which, of course, he grabs by the tail), a bird-eating spider (he pokes it with a stick to show off its fangs) and overzealous "poachers" (in one of the film's funniest scenes). Plus, of course, an enormous crocodile which he wrestles underwater (fans of old Tarzan films take note!), grapples on land and lassos from a boat. Best of all, because it's Steve Irwin, you know these animals aren't props or special effects--that huge snake is real (and really angry), as is that spider crawling on his wife and that crocodile chewing on his oar. People looking for plot and substance would be better off avoiding The Crocodile Hunter. But fans of the Irwins (no matter what their age) will find this an entertaining and amusing way to spend a couple of hours.
On the DVD: The Crocodile Hunter disc has six short featurettes that take viewers behind the scenes, providing insights into how those numerous wild (and dangerous) animals were made to appear cooperative on screen. There's also an interactive commentary track providing extra trivia titbits, as well as a fairly pointless photo gallery of still images. --Robert Burrow
There, I said it. I got the quotes out of my system. This is one film you'll be quoting forever, it's brill! The Crocodile Hunter is one of those movies that is so fun and visually interesting, it doesn't need a plot. Yes, the film's plot is bad, but I find it hard to criticise it because of that. The setting is vibrant and colourful, and the action never stops. Steve Irwin is, without a doubt, the most incredibly enthusiastic man on the planet, and he carries this film on his shoulders. He makes this film what it is. He's a good man, too, he's always making sure not to harm the animals, and make sure of their safety. Such a lively man, and a man so willing to throw himself into the path of poisonous snakes and spiders, pick them up, and say, "Hello little guy! How ya doin?" deserves a medal.
All the actors and actresses do a fine job, although Magda Szubanski, playin Brozzie Drewitt, especially stands out as the obnoxious, but hilarious, bad guy (girl). It is hard to realise the skill of the other actors, as Steve, Terri (his wife), and Brozzie are pretty much the only guys on screen at any given time.
The DVD has some nice extras, behind the scenes, etc. They really give you an insight into how real this guy is, and how all the animals he deals with are real.
All in all, great fun for all the family. One of my favourite films of the year.