Jackman is decent in his role as the Drover, although the actor, recently named “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine, is more likely to be remembered for his physique (he appears shirtless in the film) than for his performance. Nicole Kidman, who recently earned the distinction as the most overpaid celebrity in Hollywood by Forbes based on the paltry box-office performance of her films, likely will see her star fall further once audiences realize how bloated and insignificant Australia is.

On the plus side, the film looks spectacular during certain sequences, such as when Nullah rides a horse through a lagoon, and the Japanese attack on Darwin is gripping. The rest of Australia is a bit of a mess—and even worse, a bore. Director Luhrmann never weaves a tale that makes us care about this episode of his home country’s history, nor many of the characters who populate this story. Those who made this soggy epic should take heart that it will soon be forgotten.


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CAUTIONS:

  • Smoking/Drinking:  Smoking, and several scenes of drinking.
  • Language/Profanity:  Lord’s name taken in vain; a few instances of foul language; racial epithets.
  • Sex/Nudity:  Implication that a woman’s husband was unfaithful to her; bare-chested men; some double entendres; a child explains sexual conduct as “laying down and tickling”; kissing; two character have sex and are shown caressing each other and covered by sheets; a woman is shown in her negligee; a man’s naked backside is shown.
  • Violence/Other:  Kangaroo is shot and strapped to a jeep; a dead man is shown on a table; a man threatens to beat a young boy’s mother; a man strikes a boy, and is struck by a woman; rising water threatens to drown a woman and boy; a steer falls off the side of a steep cliff; a rider is thrown off his horse; a man is crushed during a stampede; planes fire on children and bomb homes and buildings; a crocodile attack; man is shot with an arrow.
  • Spirituality:  Talk of a “bad spirit” and “spirits” in the land; a character is described as a “witch doctor”; a character says “I have the Lord on my side,” another says, “God works in mysterious ways,” and another says, “I’m not Jesus Christ, but I’ll give it my best shot.”