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Black Rock aka. Blackrock

Laurence Breuls , Linda Cropper , Steven Vidler    Unrated   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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A beautiful beach community, a surfers paradise, the local teenagers are enjoying th e endless summer of heat, love and freedom. Suddenly, a murder takes place in their midst...Seventeen year old Jared lives with his mother Diane in Blackrock. He's dating his first serio us girlfriend, Rachel and his best mate Ricko, a local surf legend, has returned home. For the teenager, life couldn't be better and Jared decides to throw a welcome party for Ricko at the l ocal surf club. The party turns out to be the event of the year but gets out of control. Tracy, a fifteen year old girl is found dead on a nearby rocky beach. Next morning, the entire commun ity is in shock with the news she was raped and murdered. The national media descends on the to wn like vultures and Diane battles with Jared's stubborn silence as he refuses to talk about th e fateful night. As the police close in, Jared learns the darker truth behind what happened to Tracy. But when you're seventeen, scared and alone, how do you choose between loyalty and the t ruth?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking and thought provoking film Jan. 16 2003
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie, though disturbing Dec 4 2000
By Lyse
Format:VHS Tape
Blackrock IS a movie about rape and loyalty to one's mates vs telling the truth, but it treats the topic deftly, not justifying the events, but showing why they occured and the effect they have on the community. It is very disturbing, especially the rape scene, but its message is NOT "rape is okay" or anything remotely close to that. The reprehensibility of the rape/murder and of not doing/saying anything is clearly shown, and the realistic depictions of the characters help to explain how and why events happened as they did. Truth be told, most criminals are described afterwards as "the nicest person, last one you'd expect to do that". The storyline can be a little confusing, though this is most likely due to the re-editing of the film prior to (or poss. after) Sundance, which took out some of the intro which explained some of the dynamics between the teens. Laurence Breuls does an especially fantastic job as Jared. The scariest thing about the film is that I can actually see it happening in real life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gritty and powerful Australian drama. June 9 2000
By Stephen
Steve Vilder's controversial "Blackrock" is a disturbing Australian film which forces you to reach deep inside yourself and begins to make you question your own morals.
What would you do if you witnessed some of your friends committing an horrendous crime? What would you do if you saw a friend being raped? Would you keep silent and pretend it never happened? or would you go to the police?
These are the questions faced by the protagonist Jared, played by the talented and honest Laurence Breuls.
This critically aclaimed Australian drama lays focus on not only Jared's reactions and feelings about the crime but also on the friends and family of who this tragedy has destroyed their lives. This movie details how each friend comes to grips with this tragic and real crime that has been prevalent in our society for a long time.
Blackrock confront's powerful issues such as rape, guilt, family and peer pressures and trust/mis-trust with such realism, that it begins to take on the feel of a real-life documentary on the truama that these young adults are living through.
If you get the opportunity to view this film, please dont deny yourself. The script is powerful and focused and extremely well paced. The actors perform their roles exceptionally well, and deliver their lines with an unflinching raw intesity.
An Australian film which is most-worthy of adding to your movie collection.
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I saw this movie about a year ago, and was shocked at the violent gang-rape scene. I found this scene very disturbing. I recently read a book on the gang-rape and murder of Leigh-Leigh, in 1989. This is a true story that the movie was based on. After reading this book, I was saddened and disturbed that this film was based this event. The Leigh-Leigh case, was in no doubt, a vicious, cold-blooded and unforgiveable act of brutality on an innocent 14-year old life, which can not be justified in anyway. Yet the portrayal of certain characters and ideas in the movie expresses the idea that perhaps the crime is justifiable. The murderer in the film is portrayed as a 'nice' guy who should be sympathised with. The murderer's reasoning for his crime is that the victim hugged him, or as he describes "came on to him", and then refused to have sex with him, so he smashed her head against a rock, killing her. This event occured only a couple of hours after the victim had been gang-raped by four guys. Yet, the murderer is still a legend because he's everyone's mate. The main character Jared, witnesses the gang-rape and makes no attempt to stop it, and when the rapists have fled and the victim is left alone, bleeding and crying on the beach, he still fails to do anything! As the rapists are Jared's mates, he can't dob them in. However at the end of the film Jared helps clean the victim's grave, after the word 'slut' is grafited on it, so the closing scene leaves us with the final impression of 'Jared the Hero'. The film illustrates, mateship is more important than anything, and you can never burn your mates, even if it could prevent the gang-rape and murder of a little girl.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blackrock DvD
Blackrock is a very powerful movie that can relate especially to teenagers and the troubles they can face. Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by C. J. Linna
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackrock- awesome movie
I watched blackrock, and found it to be one of the best films ever made. The acting is amazing, and the actor that plays dave, Brendan Donoghue, is an absolutely amazing actor, and... Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by holly
5.0 out of 5 stars I Have Never Seen The Movie Yet!
I Have Never Seen This Movie Yet But I Heard That Aaron Carter Is In It For A Moment Playing A Surfer (Aaron Charles Carter The Singer) He Is A Good Surfer. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by Colby Beck
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Day in Blackrock
Based loosely on the rape and murder of Leigh Leigh in a small town outside Newcastle in Australia, Blackrock is extremely confronting. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Contrivertial Topic
This movie is not for the lite hearted. I can deal with a lot, but watching this movie... I had to stop part way through to get my bounds. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2001 by pistacat7
4.0 out of 5 stars Be forewarned!
This was a very good movie, however the reviews here are extremely misleading! This is not a Heath Ledger film, he shows up for maybe five minutes. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2000 by Sophie K.
3.0 out of 5 stars "Over the Edge" Aussie style
The earlier reviewer is correct in his assessment of the crime this movie is based on being without any justification at all; however, the movie itself is well acted and well... Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackrock
1,000 words....um. lets see. Heath Ledger is amazing. He is hot and the story of this movie is great. If you like Heath and you want to see it, YOU HAVE TO SEE IT! Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Heath is a God!
How can I describe in a maximum of 1,000 words what has taken me a lifetime to understand? My love for Heath is unable to be measured on any scale known to man. Read more
Published on July 26 2000 by Nikki
3.0 out of 5 stars Hardly an adventure movie
This mvoie is based on the true story of the murder of a young woman. The murder rocked Newcastle and if I remember correctly, some parents of one of the children involved tried to... Read more
Published on July 16 2000
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