The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course
Already well-know from visits to TV talk shows, commercials and cable TV’s Animal Planet, wildlife rescue specialists Steve and Terri Irwin share their adventures in the Australian Outback. The Irwins think they are racing to save a fierce crocodile from poachers, but in truth, the “poachers” happens to be U.S. agents. The crocodile apparently swallowed a valuable satellite beacon dropped when a space ship crashes over Australia. Brozzie (Magda Szubanski), a comical female rancher, along with a pack of vicious dogs, is also stalking the crocodile. Steve and Terri cross paths with poisonous snakes, monster spiders known to eat small birds, and even an orphaned baby kangaroo. Steve narrates into the camera as he wrestles with the crocodile or coaxes some strange critter out of a hiding place. Part documentary and part action film, it will appeal to kids and nature lovers not annoyed by Steve’s frenetic energy.
The crocodile hunter seems to thrive on danger as he overpowers a thrashing crocodile or handles snakes and spiders with his bare hands. With her shotgun in hand, Brozzie delights in shooting at trespassers to scare them. When the crocodile grabs some bait Brozzie dangles from a tree, she is thrown into the water. While there is plenty of action, no one is hurt, but very young children may be frightened by some of the dangerous encounters. Steve also teaches some lessons about protecting wild animals from poachers and why each species is unique. Although not necessarily portrayed as “bad guys,” the government agents are portrayed as petty, not too smart, and vindictive. One even dynamites Brozzie’s barn and steals her glider. With only a few, mildly crude expressions, “The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course” delivers 105 minutes of wholesome and educational entertainment.