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The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002), PG
Analysis Date: July 12, 2002
CAP Score: 72
CAP Influence Density: 0.58
THE CROCODILE HUNTER: COLLISION COURSE (PG) -- ...the dangers of messing with wildlife.
Production: Discovery Channel Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distribution: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): John Stainton
Producer(s): Judy Bailey, Arnold Rifkin, John Stainton
Written by/Screenplay: John Stainton (story), Holly Goldberg Sloan (screenplay)
Cinematography/Camera: David Burr
Music: Mark McDuff
Film Editing: Suresh Ayyar, Bob Blasdall
Casting: Alison Barrett
Production Design: Jon Dowding
Art Direction: Jon Dowding
Crikey! A US top-secret satellite has been destroyed and fell into incineration in the atmosphere. A satellite harddrive with super-sensitive photographic data that could change the power structure of the entire world survived reentry, fell into the mouth of and was eaten by an Australian crocodile. Steve Irwin, being a wildlife poop handler, is the only one who can save the world. Rival US Intelligence agencies vie for recovery of the harddrive. The chief of the agency who gets the harddrive gets kudos and a big promotion.
The croc which ate the harddrive was also terrorizing a rancher's cattle. The rancher, Brozzie Drewett (Magda Szubanski - Babe: Pig in the City), was a particularly nasty lady with a shotgun which she was not afraid to use even if it meant breaking the law. She was going to kill that croc no matter the cost because it was eating her livestock. And she was not afraid to threaten with that shotgun anyone who got in her way, even conservation officer Sam Flynn (David Wenham) trying to warn her of the consequences and trying to help her resolve the dilemma.
That's it for the plot. A number of subplots provide connectivity, but much of the same action seen in the "Steve Irwin: Crocodile Hunter" TV series is offered in *The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course* movie. However, the action sequences in this movie are somewhat more violent and brutal. I cannot vouch for the credibility of the action sequences in the movie but they sure looked real enough, thus lending to adolescent fascination (and maybe fixation?) with them. Many times, Irwin and his wife, Terri are seriously endangered by crocodiles and other wildlife. Irwin also handles venomous snakes and spiders, making it all look doable for the average Joe. But in the comfy popcorn-flavored environment of the youthful viewer such entertainment possesses the risk of desensitizing him/her to the dangers of messing with wildlife.
Of course, the all-saving comment "Don't try this at home" was offered. As if that will absolve the filmmakers from the moral liability of encouraging youth to take such risks or will bring back one who is killed by such encouragement. As if to say "Once we've told them to not try this at home it is *your* responsibility, mom/dad." [Matt. 25:40] Now you tell your kids "Don't do that!" while thoroughly explaining the dangers of such activities. After assurances from your kids that they understand and after giving you adequate feedback to convince you they understand, how many adolescents do you suppose are free of the "out of sight, out of mind" syndrome? "Crikey, mom! I know how to handle snakes. Steve Irwin showed me! That one just got lucky." Maybe if the producers has included "Don't try this at home" in *Fast and Furious* there wouldn't have been a lot less reckless driving in the community after every showing of it. And fewer instances of vehicular property damage. And personal injury. [Luke 17:2]
In addition to the enormous risk-taking presented, the three-four letter word vocabulary was not forgotten [Prov. 22:11]. An Australian nasty word was also used - twice. Gunfire to kill and threaten both animals and humans plus attempted murder by explosion spotted the cinematography as well. And, as is typical with "kids movies", gotta get toilet humor in there somehow, this time with animal urination, human handling of fecal matter and human flatulence. [Ps. 12:8] Crikey! (I wonder how much that term will be used in elementary and middle schools in the near future.)
And "they" say movies don't influence.
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