Directed by Daniel Nettheim
Cornerhouse, 6 July 2012
Willem Dafoe adds class and intensity to this clean killer of a thriller.
His character, name of Martin, is a guy who’s sent to investigate the sighting of a Tasmanian tiger in the Australian wilderness. The mission is to get its DNA, to clone it, to find out how it immobilises its prey. For some reason, his employer – he is contracted to one of those shadowy, unscrupulous, biotechnological outfits with a penchant for cryptozoology, you find them everywhere on the high street nowadays – doesn’t entirely trust him and as Martin tracks the tiger, other sinister forces track him…
Be assured of a rocky ride – thriller elements predominate and are handled very well indeed. Oh, and there’s also a bit of a subtext about how badly we treat nature and the environment. But ‘The Bear’ it is not.