Tracks is the incredible true story of Australian, Robyn Davidson who had a goal of walking 2000-ish miles across Western Australia to just be alone. She ignored all the comments and judgements of her being crazy, acquired three camels and begun her journey through the deserts along with the company of her dog. Along the way she is aided by a photographer for National Geographic as well as various other people she stumbles across.
The performances in the film were incredible. The film is a very Mia Wasikowska driven film as after the first twenty or so minutes she is the only actress we primarily see, aside from the few people she meets along the way. If she was bad then the whole film would essentially flop, but she managed to give a great performance which I had no doubt about. She was in Stoker last year, a film that I really enjoyed, and she was excellent there, but she was even better in this film. I did enjoy Stoker just a bit more, but her performance in Tracks is the best performance in her career.
There was one scene that really broke my heart. I won't spoil what happens, but there was a scene in the film that had my eyes tearing up. I was so invested in these character's story and I cared for them all, the camels included, and so when this scene came along I was actually fairly upset. It was semi-predictable that that would happen because of the trailer, but I just wasn't ready for it to happen yet. As well as this the editing in the scene made it even more upsetting. This, of course, just made the film even better as it showed how much they allowed me to care about it.
The cinematography in the film was captivating. There were so many brilliant dolly shots as well as birds eye view shots that panned across the desert which allowed me, as an audience member, to soak in all the beauty that my home country has to offer. There was also several instances with female nudity in the film, but none of it was in a very sexual way and the cinematography helped to establish this and hide most of it. The cinematography was just an overall improvement to the movie.
The film becomes a little too long at times. While the film takes its time to start this didn't actually bother me as it was incredibly interesting to watch, but once she was about half way through her walk through the desert then some moments begun to drag on a little too long and it would occasionally get a tad repetitive. This was infrequent, but still a negative aspect to the film.
To sum up Track was an incredible true story with brilliant performances, especially from Mis Wasikowska, one heart breaking and emotional scene and captivating cinematography. The film was just a tad too long at times.
3 1/2 Stars