A young woman goes on a 1,700 mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with her four camels and faithful dog.
Tracks is an enjoyable meditation depicting the true story of a 1700 mile journey across the australian outback in the 1970’s, undertaken by a young woman (Robyn Davidson) with only her dog and three camels for company. The film is really strong in parts, but it struggles to overcome the languid pace throughout which prevents the journey from feeling truly meaningful. Mia Wasikowska takes up the lead role, and she continues to confirm her status as one of the most interesting young actresses around. She comfortably conveys both the surefire confidence and iron will of Robyn, whilst letting her vulnerability show when the task at hand appears to be too much. Adam Driver provides the main support as a photographer for the National Geographic, and his quirky likability that he’s shown in his series role in ‘Girls’ and bit part in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ are put to good use here.
The film looks gorgeous and the cinematographer successfully conveys the vast beauty of the Australian Outback, whilst respectfully touching on the traditions of the aborigines and locals that live amongst these surroundings. I suspect the film this will be compared to will be Nicholas Roeg’s ‘Walkabout’ (I’ve only read the book it’s based on), which was also about an enlightening journey across the Outback, and potentially to Sean Penn’s ‘Into The Wild’, which was also about a naive journey into the unknown, albeit that film affected me more despite a general disdain for the protagonist. I enjoyed ‘Tracks’, it’s a worthwhile watch and it’s enjoyable seeing Wasikowska and Driver continue to develop as two of the finest young actors around, but the film is uneven, and I suspect the meditative pace will not appeal to everyone.
Directed By: John Curran
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver and Rainer Bock