A couple days ago I found the Netflix Queue Randomizer, shuffled my movies around a few times, and closed the page. The deal I struck with myself was to stay away from my Netflix queue now that it was randomized. This way I could finally be surprised with each shipment notification--I was getting tired of knowing exactly what was next up. Thankfully the randomizer placed Wolf Creek near the top. This is a movie I vaguely remember hearing inklings about somewhere, but never really looked into. I have never read a single review, synopsis, or seen any trailers. At the time of pressing PLAY last night, all I knew was that it was critically acclaimed at Sundance and made in Australia.
Cat out of the bag: I loved this movie! The cinematography, and thus atmosphere and mood, was outstanding. At some points I lost interest in the storyline in favor of eeewww-ing and aaahhh-ing at some of the shots. On top of superb visuals, add solid acting and an extremely creepy antagonist--seriously, this guy kept me nervous and on edge the whole time!
I still haven't read any other reviews, but I have a feeling this is one of those movies you either hate or love. Sure, it didn't give anything new to the "breakdown" or "survival" genres, but its atmosphere set a new standard. And sure, the movie takes a long time to get past its setup, but I thoroughly enjoyed the realistic feel that gave the movie. Quite a feat given how ADD I am.
I'm curious to see what others are saying, so I'm off now to search the Web! If you haven't seen Wolf Creek, it's well worth it.