I have watched Blackrock several times and consider it a very powerful film, which would be particularly good to use in high schools. ... I feel that over the course of the film Ricko's image as the "legend" and good guy is effectively torn away and he is revealed as being seriously warped morally. I found the scene where Ricko confesses his "reasons" for killing Tracy to be one of the most horrifying in the film, partly because it rang so true. People will use the most pathetic excuses to justify the crime of rape,and I feel the movie showed well the utter emptiness of these justifications. The movie also does not excuse Jared for his inaction in regards to the rape - but allows him the possibility to accept his guilt and try and make amends in whatever way he can. All the actors played their parts very well and came across as believable. As the central figure of Jared, Laurence Breuls was very convincing, showing his character's decline from fun-loving, fairly self-centred surfer boy to confused and guilt-stricken, his world tipped up around him. The extreme insensitivity Jared shows at several points in the movie makes his character not entirely sympathetic, but is necessary to show his uncertainty about where his loyalty should lie. Jared is no hero, he is basically a weak character, possessing a conscience but not the moral strength to act on it. He isn't meant to be a hero though, he's meant to be real, and the film shows his desire to do the right thing after Tracy's death, but confusion about what the right thing is. I think that an important theme of this film is how the culture in which people live can act on them to compromise their conscience in this way.