Red Dog Blu-ray Review - www.impulsegamer.com -
Red Dog
Reviewed by
Andrew Proverbs
on
Red Dog Review. Red Dog is a great little Aussie tale, full of colourful characters and memorable scenarios.
Rating:
4.0

Feature 8.5
Video 8.5
Audio 8.0
Special Features 8.5
Total 8.5

Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time: 89 Minutes
Reviewer: Andrew Proverbs
Classification
: PG

8.5


Red Dog

Australians love telling stories, thereís no doubt about it. Whether it be the Aboriginal tales of dreamtime, passed down through songs and artwork, or the exaggerated tales told around every barbeque, water-cooler and bar in the nation, yarn-spinning is one of our favourite past-times.  

Thatís what Red Dog is, a yarn. Most of the story is related by key characters as they lean on a bar or smile and stare past the camera, as if gazing into the past.

At the beginning of the narrative, publican Jack (Noah Taylor) tells how he and wife come across the titular pooch, sitting and waiting in the middle of an outback road. They give the dog a lift into the mining town of Dampier, and he quickly becomes a mascot for the local workforce. Owned by no-one, loved by all, he comes and goes where he pleases. The dynamic changes when Red Dog latches onto American bus driver John (Josh Lucas). John is reluctant at first, but a mutual bond slowly forms until the pair are true friends.  

But then John catches the eye of local girl Nancy (Rachael Taylor) and the friendship starts to show signs of strain. The pace of the story ebbs and flows, often detouring into surprising and quirky sub-plots. Itís not just one narrative but several, woven together through the viewpoints of different characters.

There is an episode involving a stolen bit of steak and a giant shark, and a hilarious Mexican stand-off with a very nasty looking cat. 

The dialogue is more fanciful than realistic, with a surreal Ďstorybookí kind of feel to it. Even if the characters tend to ramble in their monologues, they are beautifully eloquent. Some of the more emotional sections rival a presidential election speech in the way that they make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. 

The canine actors (more than one doggy was used to play the role) have been utilised very well, but on some occasions you get the feeling that they were being asked to express too much. Sometimes the actors respond to the dogís facial expressions or actions in a way that doesnít seem believable. Thankfully these moments are very few and far between.  

The cinematography is beautiful, and makes excellent use of the stunning scenery on offer. There are some truly memorable shots, such as a lonely Red Dog trotting down a deserted pier, surrounded by silent machinery. The sun, as a natural light source, is used exceptionally well, drenching the frame in warm colours.  

Special Features: 

Included on the DVD is the mandatory audio commentary, as well as a handful of deleted scenes, storyboards and trailers. The most interesting special feature takes you through the training of the various animals used in the movie, who are of course the real stars. 

Closing comments: 

Red Dog is a great little Aussie tale, full of colourful characters and memorable scenarios. Oh and one more thing: This movie can be a real tear-jerker. Itís the first time Iíve seen my girlfriend cry while watching a DVD. Donít say I didnít warn you!






 
 



   Games
   PlayStation 4
   XBox One
   PlayStation 3
   XBox 360
   PC
   PS Vita
   Wii U
   Wii
   3DS
   DS
   PSP
   Apple
   Casual
   Android
   Classics

  Movies
   Movies & IMAX
   Blu-ray
   Action
   Anime
   Comedy
   Crime & Thrillers
   Documentaries
   Drama
   Family
   Horror
   Kids
   Lifestyle
   Music
   Romance
   Sci-fi
   Sport

   IT
   PC
   Apple
   Hardware

   Information & Fun
   News
   Interviews
   Articles

   Tara's G-Spot
   Loren's Level
   Comics
   Books
   Mind & Body
   Music
   Competitions
   Community
 








 
 




Impulse Gamer is your source for the
latest Reviews and News on Video Games,
Entertainment, Pop Culture, Hardware &
More!

 


© 2001 - 2013 Impulse Gamer
 

 

About Us | Contact Us