Many people cringed at the idea of a "The Crocodile Hunter" movie, and for good reason. Sure, Steven Irwin's pretty funny on television when he's tackling real crocodiles and so forth, but being a flamboyant television personality does not necessarily translate into movie material.
Wisely, the absurdly-titled "The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course" sticks to the basics, never trying to go beyond what it is capable of. Though pretty stupid, it's a fun little vehicle to make some money for wildlife foundations, and an entertaining movie for little kids. The movie basically features Steve and Terri Irwin going around the outback trying to capture a massive and angry crocodile, while the CIA and an enemy faction are trying to retrieve a device that the crocodile ate. Every scene featuring the Irwins is shot just like the television show - he is talking to the camera - while all of the other scenes are in movie format. The result is a mediocre but entertaining movie that will definitely appeal to younger generations.
Though the movie could have been much better in plot, acting and everything else, the only improvement that I would have suggested (since this is essentially a children's movie) is to show the camera crew that is filming the Irwins. Since they talk to the camera the entire time, it would make sense that there is a camera crew around; I think it would have been interesting to include the camera crew and have a behind-the-scenes look at the show while involving the CIA plot as a background story. Oh well.
"The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course" is about as dumb as it looked in the previews, but it has its moments and in the end is just an enlarged version of the show with a meager CIA subplot. Whether it is worth your time and money is up to you.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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