Blueback – Movie Review
Director: Robert Connolly
Writer: Robert Connolly (Screenplay)
- Mia Wasikowska (Stoker)
- Radha Mitchell (Pitch Black)
- Eric Bana (Munich)
- Clarence Ryan (OtherLife)
- Eddie Baroo (Ghost Rider)
Plot: Follows Abby, a child who befriends a magnificent wild blue grouper while diving. When Abby realizes that the fish is under threat, she takes inspiration from her activist Mum, Dora, and takes on poachers to save her friend.
Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Blueback starts as we see how Abby (Wasikowska) has devoted her life to studying the ocean. She receives a call about her mother and inspiration has had a stroke. This sees Abby look back on her life, spending her time on the ocean with her mother Dora (Mitchell).
Abby continues to look back at her life on the ocean and the relationship she has made below the surface. As Abby remembers more of her teenage years, she remembers what drove her away from the place to she loved but maintained her determination to fight to protect the oceans.
Verdict on Blueback
Blueback is a family drama following one woman’s connection to the ocean. It sees how she got inspiration from her mother and used her time to study and learn about the ocean. This helped her continue the fight her mother had to protect the wildlife in the ocean as she remember the reason she fought so hard.
Blueback is a nice flowing family movie, it has an important message about how we treat our oceans. As well as following a mother-daughter relationship that changed over the years. It puts a firm spotlight on how they both wanted the same thing. However, it shows how they went about it in different means.
Away from the bigger message in the movie, we can look at the performances. Mia Wasikowska and Ilsa Fogg are both great as the two ages Abby. Radha Mitchell and Eric Bana bring the strong Australian cast to the spotlight too.
Final Thoughts – Blueback is a nice family drama, exploring the importance of protecting the oceans.