Wolf Creek 2 (2013) John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn, Philippe Klaus Movie Review

Wolf Creek 2 (2013)   3/53/53/53/53/5

John Jarratt in Wolf Creek 2 (2013)

Wolf on the Hunt

Pig hunter Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) is still a law unto himself, killing those he comes across who either get on the wrong side of him or he takes a dislike to. As such German tourists Rutger (Philippe Klaus) and Katarina (Shannon Ashlyn) find themselves the subject of his late night torment when he finds them camping in the national park. But events don't quite to plan and after Katarina makes a run for it Mick finds himself hunting down Paul Hammersith (Ryan Corr) a British tourist who gets drawn into the nightmare when he tries to help Katarina.

I was in the minority when it came to the original "Wolf Creek" as I didn't find it that entertaining and at times with the focus being the torture of women found it bordering on being very wrong. Fortunately "Wolf Creek 2" is a bit of a different beast as Mick first finds him after a German tourist and then a British tourist who he has to hunt down. There are still scenes of torture but the focus is more on the dark humour of Mick hunting down Paul and being the rough, ready and brutal Mick who we first met in the original movie.

The thing is that whilst this makes "Wolf Creek 2" feel less exploitative it also makes it more regular and in this case regular means cliche. When the story gets to Paul having to deal with Mick hunting him down it feels like a dozen or so other road movies where you have an unrelenting killer driving after a victim, especially when Mick ends up in a lorry. Yes the storyline eventually makes it to what could be called Mick's torture chamber but up until then all it feels is like Mick Taylor has been dumped in to a generic horror story.

The good news is that whilst the storyline becomes more commercial the performance of John Jarratt is as entertaining as ever and there are few psychos who are as amusing as Mick Taylor. And it is a good job to as Ryan Corr along with the rest of the cast end up quite forgettable due to the lack of depth.

What this all boils down to for me is that I enjoyed "Wolf Creek 2" more than the first movie with it being less exploitative. But at the same time the almost generic quality of the majority of the storyline makes it admittedly a little weak.