“Tracks” is an Australian film which was shown on Oct. 10, 2013 in Adelaide. It will be released in U.S. theatres on Friday, May 23, 2014. “Tracks” stars Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson and Adam Driver as Rick Smolan. Read on for the Movie News Guide’s (MNG) “Tracks” movie review and synopsis.
The movie “Tracks” chronicles the extraordinary true tale of 27-year-old Robyn Davidson played by Mia Wasikowska. In 1977, she got on a 1,700 mile trek across the Australian desert. She started off from Alice Springs, then headed for the West Coast. Davidson is accompanied by her dog and four whimsical camels. She has also got a sponsorship from National Geographic as the photographer Rick Smolan played by Adam Driver documents her expedition. The first word that comes to mind is why she chose to go on such a difficult expedition? She offers the explanation to one onlooker: “I just want to be by myself.”
“Many times since the trek I have been asked why I made it, and I answer that the trip speaks for itself. But for those who persist I would add these few thoughts. I love the desert and its incomparable sense of space. I enjoy being with Aborigines and learning from them,” wrote Davidson in the write up entitled “Tracks: The true story behind the film” for The Telegraph.
“I like the freedom inherent in being on my own, and I like the growth and learning processes that develop from taking chances. And obviously, camels are the best means of getting across deserts. Obvious. Self-explanatory. Simple. What’s all the fuss about?” added Davidson in The Telegraph article.
“Tracks” Movie Review:
John Curran’s film was adapted from Davidson’s memoir of her trip by Marion Nelson, chronicling the author’s nine-month journey on camels across the Australian desert. Curran’s picturesque yet warm recreation of Davidson’s heroic journey makes for a spellbinding watch, although one that unfurls at a slow pace. The film draws two detailed portraits: a young woman: Robyn with her unquenchable thirst to take on the world at its widest and wildest, and another of the world she comes across. Every ounce of adversity, adventure and seclusion, gloom and hope is worth watching. The aboriginal people she meets during the journey adds to the magic.
Outstanding performances by Mia Wasikowska and Roly Mintuma’s soulful portrayal of aboriginal elder Mr Eddy, who accompanies Davidson through sacred grounds, further adds value to movie “Tracks.” Click HERE to see the original photographs from Robyn’s trek gives you a more substantial appreciation of her accomplishment.
“Tracks” also stars Special Agent Gibbs as Diggity, the dog (trainer: Kirstin Fedderson).
Here are some other details about “Tracks”:
Genre(s): Adventure, Biography, Drama
Running time: 112 min.
According to movieinsider.com , “Tracks” will be released on May 23, 2014 in U.S. theatres.
Critical reception has been very positive so far. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) reported that “Tracks” is rated PG13 for thematic elements, some partial nudity, disturbing images, and brief strong language. “Tracks” received three and half stars out of four. Its ratings are 7.3/10 from 1,277 users.
As of this writing, Rotten Tomatoes has given the film a rating of 6.8 /10 or 84% in its Tomatometer, based on 49 critics’ reviews. 86% of the audience reportedly want to watch it, based on 3,880 user ratings. Metacritic has given “Tracks”a metascore of 80/100 based on the nine critics’ reviews.
Check out the “Tracks” trailer below.