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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Blackrock DvD June 24 2004
Format:DVD
Blackrock is a very powerful movie that can relate especially to teenagers and the troubles they can face. It is named Blackrock after the name of the town where a murder occurs on the beach. Jared is the main character and he is throwing a party for his best buddy, surf legend Ricko who has returned in town. However, when a girl is raped and murdered on the beach, Blackrock becomes a main site of publicity for the "Hoodlums" that live there. I bought this movie because I am a big fan of Heath Ledger and he plays a small role of the kid named Toby Ackland which he plays an also disturbing role of what I like to call "head rapist" This is a sad, but very touching film, and the soundtrack is awesome, I definatley recommend it to anyone who finds meaning out of movies as well as entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blackrock- awesome movie May 25 2004
By holly
Format:VHS Tape
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 is worthy of an emmy! He is such a fantastic actor, and he plays his part so well. i rate this 5 stars! the movie has a great script, and is great for australian acting. i definitley reccomend this movie to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Have Never Seen The Movie Yet! Feb. 24 2004
Format:DVD
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. But I'm Dont Wanna Get The DVD Untill I Know For Sure Its Him (Even Though I Heard About This In An Aaron Carter Mag.!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking and thought provoking film Jan. 16 2003
Format:DVD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Black Day in Blackrock Sept. 6 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Based loosely on the rape and murder of Leigh Leigh in a small town outside Newcastle in Australia, Blackrock is extremely confronting. It is not a vehicle for stars but for a message. Laurence Breuls in the leading role of Jared is perfect- a mixture of vulnerability and misplaced mateship. As a member of a powerful Australian subculture, his performance articulates the compulsion of mates and surf and the consequent marginalisation of all who don't, (surf, that is). Simon Lyndon puts in a powerful performance as Ricko, the Australian Dream gone bad.
Blackrock is about many things. What it has almost nothing to do with is Heath Ledger. It was made to help adolescents understand that rape is always a crime and that mates aren't "all you've got ".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Contrivertial Topic Aug. 20 2001
Format:DVD
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. For all those people who say Heath Ledger is a God, I don't really see it in this movie. He's a great actor but when you see anybody, famous or not, gang raping a girl it's very disturbing. The flash backs of the rape just add to the movie. How you enterpret this movie will decide how you feel about the ending. This is a sad movie to watch. Especially since this stuff actually happeneds. It's a great movie, the way it was constructed. Definatly a movie to watch, if you are not lite at heart on the subject.
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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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