Wolf Creek is a very violent film, but it's never once over the top or overly gory. The film gets very violent and bloody in the second half when Mick Taylor reveals what he's really capable of. The film is very violent, but it also holds back at many moments. The first time we see one of the characters we haven't actually seen any of the torture, but we can only imagine how gruesome it was due to the aftermath of it and the state of her body. As well as this the film is never over the top with the violence. It's all realistic and very very disturbing.
There were a few moments, again in the second half, that got my heart racing. Most of the second act takes place in the dark and some of these scenes were really suspenseful. My heart was pumping as one of the characters would try to run through the camp then peer into a room to behold a disturbing site, but there were also plenty of creepy scenes in the day. The final act of the film/some of the second act take place during the daytime and even these scenes got my heart racing. There is a particular scene with a car on the road that was disturbing although there were lots of disturbing scenes with cars in this movie.
Wolf Creek is actually a very original horror movie. The film takes a while to get started, but it never really feels like half the movie's gone by because it's a horror movie we've never even heard of. This isn't even the most original half though. The second half avoids nearly all the cliches and comes up with some very original moments which makes it one of the better Australian movies out there. Plus the villain is so evil and despicable yet he's absolutely awesome to watch on screen and even manages to bring a laugh or two.
There's no clear protagonist in the film. The film follows the story of three friends travelling across Australia and before the abduction the main character is really Ben, but after the abduction there's no real protagonist. It's all a jumbled mess of stories involving all three characters.
To sum up Wolf Creek is never over the top or unnecessarily gory, but it's a very violent movie with plenty of heart racing moments. It's also very original which makes it one of the better Australian films although there's no clear protagonist.
3 1/2 Stars