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John Marsden (novel)
Stuart Beattie (written by)
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24 February 2012 (USA) See more »
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Where Were You When Everything Changed?
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Caitlin Stasey ... Ellie Linton

Rachel Hurd-Wood ... Corrie Mackenzie

Lincoln Lewis ... Kevin Holmes

Deniz Akdeniz ... Homer Yannos

Phoebe Tonkin ... Fiona Maxwell

Chris Pang ... Lee Takkam

Ashleigh Cummings ... Robyn Mathers

Andrew Ryan ... Chris Lang (as Andy Ryan)

Colin Friels ... Dr. Clements
Don Halbert ... Mr. Linton

Olivia Pigeot ... Mrs. Linton
Stephen Bourke ... Police Officer
Kelly Butler ... Mrs. Maxwell
Julia Yon ... Mrs. Takkam
Dane Carson ... Mr. Mathers

Matthew Dale ... Mr. Coles

Gary Quay ... Senior Soldier
Michael Camilleri ... Tanker Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Yolandi Franken ... Extra: Wirrawee Resident (uncredited)
Rhian Kate Glossop ... Extra (uncredited)
Andrew Liam Pringle ... Extra (uncredited)
Andy Trieu ... Extra: Tanker Soldier (uncredited)

Masa Yamaguchi ... Extra: Sergeant (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Beattie 
 
Writing credits
John Marsden (novel)

Stuart Beattie (written by)

Produced by
Michael Boughen .... producer
Anne Bruning .... line producer
Peter D. Graves .... executive producer (as Peter Graves)
Christopher Mapp .... executive producer
Andrew Mason .... producer
Matthew Street .... executive producer
David Whealy .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Reinhold Heil 
Johnny Klimek 
 
Cinematography by
Ben Nott (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Marcus D'Arcy 
 
Casting by
Anousha Zarkesh 
 
Production Design by
Robert Webb 
 
Art Direction by
Damien Drew 
Michelle McGahey (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Beverley Dunn 
 
Costume Design by
Terry Ryan 
 
Makeup Department
Hayley Atherton .... hair stylist
Hayley Atherton .... makeup artist
Paul Pattison .... makeup supervisor
Zeljka Stanin .... makeup artist
Kreso Stipic .... assistant makeup artist
Shane Thomas .... hair stylist
Shane Thomas .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Colleen Clarke .... post-production supervisor
Simon Lucas .... unit manager
Fiona Pakes .... production manager: second unit
Nathaniel Purdon .... assistant unit manager (as Nat Purdon)
Libby Sharpe .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jesse Allan .... additional ad
Guy Campbell .... second assistant director: second unit
Jamie Crooks .... first assistant director: miniature photography
Chris Evans .... second assistant director: miniature photography
Chris Evans .... third assistant director: second unit
Betty Fotofili .... second assistant director
Phil Jones .... first assistant director
Charles Rotherham .... first assistant director: additional photography
Hamish Roxburgh .... second assistant director: additional photography
Kham Soukseun .... third assistant director
Ian 'Thistle' Thorburn .... second unit director (as Ian Thorburn)
 
Art Department
Kristen Anderson .... assistant art director
Matt Baldwin .... assistant construction manager
Matt Baldwin .... construction foreman (as Matthew Baldwin)
Parihaka Beazley .... trade assistant
Martin Bruveris .... head scenic artist
Amanda Clarke .... set designer
Loretta Cosgrove .... cnc construction
Daniel James Cox .... storyboard artist
Tania Einberg .... buyer/dresser
Anna Faigen .... art department coordinator
Ben Foley .... leading hand
Bill Goodes .... set dresser
Erik Haase .... construction runner
Greg Hajdu .... construction manager
Mark Iliffe .... leading hand
William Kensell .... paint foreman
Robert John King .... set builder
Tim Latch .... set builder
Erminio Lauri .... digital artist
Martin L. Mercer .... storyboard artist
Geoff Naylor .... action vehicles coordinator
Brian Nickless .... concept illustrator
Martin O'Neill .... art director: extra photography
Mark Panucci .... set builder
Katie Sharrock .... property master
Joel Simpson .... set finisher
Gary Vickers .... lead stagehand
Ben Walker .... second unit stand-by prop
Tony Watt .... carpenter
Christian Winberg .... art assistant
Robert Wood .... Senior Set Dresser
Andre Zdroykowski .... head plasterer
Harry Zettel .... standby props
 
Sound Department
Di Adams .... loop group performer
Emmma Barham .... cable person
Christopher Barratt-Hill .... loop group performer
Glenn Butler .... re-recording engineer
Emma Buzo .... loop group performer
Natalie Choo .... foley walker
Anthony Cogin .... loop group performer
Adam Connelly .... foley editor
Rachael Coopes .... loop group performer
Gethin Creagh .... re-recording mixer
Kieran Darcy-Smith .... loop group performer
Alan Dukes .... loop group performer
Jared Dwyer .... additional sound effects editor
James Evans .... loop group performer
Cameron Grant .... assistant sound editor
Cameron Grant .... sound effects editor
Sam Hayward .... re-recording engineer
Leah Katz .... adr editor
Angela Kennedy .... loop group performer
Nick Kray .... adr mixer
David Lee .... sound mixer
Michael McMenomy .... additional sound effects editor
Michael McMenomy .... adr engineer
Catherine Moore .... loop group performer
Bronwyn Murphy .... dialogue editor
Andrew Plain .... supervising sound editor
Peter Purcell .... additional sound re-recording mixer
John Simpson .... additional foley artist
Blair Slater .... foley editor
Robert Sullivan .... re-recording mixer
George Turnure .... foley artist
Mario Vaccaro .... foley artist
William Ward .... sound effects editor (as Will Ward)
Megan Wedge .... atmos editor
Charles Harwood .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Lisa Simpson .... additional foley recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Billy Aziz .... special effects buyer
Billy Aziz .... special effects logistics
Herman Bron .... special effects senior technician
Rodney Burke .... special effects technician: miniature photography
Rodney Burke .... special effects workshop supervisor
Gerard Collins .... special effects set technician
Eric Cotton .... special effects technician
Aaron Cox .... special effects set technician
Tom Davies .... pyrotechnician
Eucla Davis .... special effects set technician: second unit (as Eucla Davies)
Jabin Dickins .... special effects set supervisor
Jabin Dickins .... special effects technician: miniature photography
Carl Erickson .... special effects set technician
Lloyd Finnemore .... special effects assistant supervisor
Lloyd Finnemore .... special effects supervisor: miniature photography
Tristan Fitzgerald .... special effects set technician: second unit
Leo Henry .... pyrotechnician
Leo Henry .... special effects technician: miniature photographyspecial effects technician: miniature photography
Leo Henry .... special effects: pyro miniatures
Doug Meacham .... special effects set technician
Orlando Murray .... special effects technician
Orlando Murray .... special effects technician: miniature photography
Thomas O'Reilly .... special effects buyer (as Tommy O'Reilly)
Thomas O'Reilly .... special effects technician (as Tommy O'Reilly)
Dan Oliver .... special effects supervisor
Robina Osborne .... special effects office coordinator
Jessica Power .... special effects assistant
Tim Riach .... special effects senior technician: second unit
Tim Riach .... special effects set pyrotechnician
Tim Riach .... special effects technician: miniature photography
Arthur Spink Jr. .... special effects workshop supervisor (as Arthur Spink)
Lou Stefanel .... senior pyrotechnician
Taj Trengove .... on set supervisor
Taj Trengove .... special effects senior set technician
Taj Trengove .... special effects set supervisor: second unit
John Van Der Pool .... special effects senior technician: second unit
Dick Weight .... special effects foreman: breakaways (as Richard Weight)
 
Visual Effects by
Brent Armfield .... on-set data wrangler
Nicole Ashford .... camera tracker: Fuel VFX
Kate Auld .... digital compositor
Shamus Baker .... cg modeler
Simon Bethune .... model maker
Chris Betteridge .... senior compositor: Iloura
Magdalena Bisogni .... visual effects producer: Iloura
Tess Boughton .... effects animator: Fuel VFX
Tess Boughton .... modeler: Fuel VFX
Tess Boughton .... visual effects artist
Ben Bryan .... senior animator: Iloura
Luke Bubb .... digital matte painter: Fuel VFX
Romain Buignet .... effects animator: Fuel VFX
Raytheon Buna .... model maker
Hannah Chapman .... matchmove artist: Fuel VFX
Andrew Clarke .... matte artist: Iloura
Luke Cole .... pipeline engineer: Fuel VFX
Sam Cole .... compositing TD: Fuel VFX
Tony Cole .... visual effects supervisor
Felix Crawshaw .... visual effects producer: Fuel VFX
Tom Davies .... miniature build supervisor
Zelko Dejanovic .... digital compositor
Alana Douglas .... matchmove artist: Fuel VFX
Alana Douglas .... visual effects artist
Clinton Downs .... computer graphics supervisor: The Lab Sydney
Laura Dubsky .... digital compositor: Iloura
Sigi Eimutis .... visual effects supervisor (Iloura)
Bryn Farrelly .... digital compositor: the LaB Sydney
Dean Finnigan .... previsualization artist: Fuel VFX
Chris French .... computer graphics coordinator: Fuel VFX
Scott Geersen .... title sequence director
Chris Godfrey .... visual effects supervisor
Mark Guffogg .... senior model maker
Mathew Harrington .... visual effects producer (as Mat Harrington)
Matthew Hermans .... effects animator: Fuel VFX
Jayne Herrmann .... visual effects producer: The Lab
Morgan Jones .... digital compositor: Fuel VFX
Joseph Kim .... previsualization artist: Fuel VFX
John Kitching .... digital compositor
Kate Knott .... matchmove artist: Fuel VFX
Peter Kober .... CG artist
Mathew Krentz .... digital compositor: Fuel VFX
Chris Leaver .... compositor: The Lab Sydney
Claudia Lecaros .... visual effects coordinator: Fuel VFX
Jarett Lee .... digital artist: Iloura
Jarett Lee .... rotoscope artist: Iloura
Peter Livesey .... miniature buyer
Peter Livesey .... miniature runner
Owen Longstaff .... digital compositor: Fuel VFX
Demis Lyall-Wilson .... digital compositor: Fuel VFX
Damien Mahoney .... computer graphics artist: The Lab Sydney
Roy Malhi .... vfx td
Chris McHugh .... data wrangler: The Lab Sydney
Madeleine Milasas .... compositor: The Lab Sydney (as Maddi Milasas)
Nathan Mitchell .... senior animator: Iloura (as Nathan Mitchel)
Carlo Monaghan .... compositor: Fuel VFX
Dave Morley .... visual effects supervisor: Fuel VFX
Thierry Muller .... digital compositor: Fuel VFX
Norah Mulroney .... digital compositor
Ashley Nagy .... modeler: Fuel VFX
Simon Nix .... data wrangler: Iloura
Simon Nix .... visual effects assistant: Iloura
Greg O'Connor .... digital artist: modeling and texturing
Rodney O'Sullivan .... tech support: Fuel VFX
Pawel Olas .... computer graphics lead: Fuel VFX
Pawel Olas .... lighting technical director
Chris Olsen .... lead animator: Fuel VFX
Florentin Onita .... compositor: Fuel VFX
Dylan Penhale .... it manager: Fuel VFX
Kanin Phemayothin .... computer graphics artist: The Lab Sydney
Bertrand Polivka .... digital compositor
Kurtis Richmond .... matte painting supervisor
Simone Riginelli .... digital compositor
Simon Rosenthal .... visual effects executive producer: Iloura
Amy Ryan Gunson .... 3D production manager: Fuel VFX (as Amy Gunson)
Matt Ryan .... model maker
Eric Schaechter .... compositor: The Lab Sydney
Cameron Sharp .... visual effects editorial: Fuel VFX
Evan Shipard .... digital matte painter: theLab
Richard Skelton .... matchmove artist: Fuel VFX
Troy Smith .... junior model maker
Peter Spinaze .... revisualization artist: The Lab Sydney (as Pete Spinaze)
Alastair Stephen .... executive producer
Bernard Stock .... layout supervisor: Fuel VFX
Bernard Stock .... matchmove supervisor: Fuel VFX
Max Stummer .... digital compositor: fuelvfx
Nick Tabet .... compositor: The Lab Sydney
Ferry Taswin .... computer graphics artist: The Lab Sydney
Alexandra Taussig .... visual effects producer (as Alex Taussig)
Emily Tucker .... layout supervisor: Fuel VFX
Emily Tucker .... matchmove supervisor: Fuel VFX
Mark van den Bergen .... compositor: The Lab Sydney
Gerard Van Ommen Kloeke .... character animator and rigger
Gerard Van Ommen Kloeke .... motion capture supervisor: Fuel VFX
Tim Walker .... digital compositor: Fuel VFX
Ian Watson .... pipeline developer: The LaB Sydney
Peter Webb .... visual effects supervisor (Iloura)
Ben Weller .... animator: Iloura
Ben Weller .... cg modeler: Iloura
Matthew Wynne .... compositor
 
Stunts
Shea Adams .... stunt performer
Lee Adamson .... stunt assistant
Lee Adamson .... stunt performer
Lee Adamson .... stunt rigger
Chris Anderson .... stunt coordinator
Chris Anderson .... stunt performer
Ray Anthony .... assistant stunt coordinator
Yasushi Asaya .... stunt performer
Renee Bowen .... stunt performer
Igor Breakenback .... stunt performer
Raelene Chapman .... stunt assistant
Raelene Chapman .... stunt performer
Raelene Chapman .... stunt rigger
Rea Corcoran .... stunt performer
Mitch Deans .... fire coordinator
Nicole Downs .... stunt assistant (as Nicole Downes)
Nicole Downs .... stunt performer (as Nicole Downes)
Nicole Downs .... stunt rigger (as Nicole Downes)
Fil Gray .... stunt assistant
Fil Gray .... stunt rigger
Chan Griffin .... stunt performer
Nigel Harbach .... stunt assistant (as Nigel Harback)
Nigel Harbach .... stunt rigger (as Nigel Harback)
Shinji Ikefuji .... stunt performer
Greg Jones .... stunt assistant
Greg Jones .... stunt performer
Greg Jones .... stunt rigger
Baz Karbouris .... stunts
Shaun Kim .... stunt performer
Ingrid Kleinig .... stunt assistant
Ingrid Kleinig .... stunt performer
Ingrid Kleinig .... stunt rigger
Ri-Jie Kwok .... stunt performer
Tony Lynch .... additional stunt coordinator
Scott McLean .... stunt assistant
Scott McLean .... stunt rigger
Tomoki Miyamoto .... stunt assistant
Tomoki Miyamoto .... stunt performer
Tomoki Miyamoto .... stunt rigger
Gulliver Page .... stunt assistant
Gulliver Page .... stunt rigger
Philip Partridge .... stunt assistant (as Phil Partridge)
Philip Partridge .... stunt rigger (as Phil Partridge)
Marco Sinigaglia .... stunt department coordinator
Leon Stripp .... stunt assistant
Leon Stripp .... stunt double: Lincoln Lewis
Leon Stripp .... stunt rigger
Glenn Suter .... stunt coordinator (as Glenn Sutor)
Andy Trieu .... stunts (as Andy Minh Trieu)
Annette Van Moorsel .... stunt performer
Mick Van Moorsel .... stunt driver
Koichi Waki .... stunt performer
Masa Yamaguchi .... stunt assistant
Masa Yamaguchi .... stunt rigger
Lee Adamson .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Igor Breakenback .... stunt double: Homer (uncredited)
Ingrid Kleinig .... stunt double: Rachel Hurd Wood (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Colin Bishop .... grip
Simon Cardwell .... still photographer
Ashleigh Carter .... camera operator
Simon Cooke .... second unit
David Elmes .... first assistant camera "a" camera
Chris Follett .... lighting assistant
Jamie Garside .... lighting technician
Reg Garside .... gaffer
Damon Girbon .... digi assist operator
Mark Goellnicht .... additional director of photography: second unit
Jason Hansford .... onset grip
Mark Harris .... rigging gaffer
Christian Luxton .... additional first assistant camera
Chris Maljers .... libra head technician
Richard Mason .... rigging best boy
Jack Mayo .... film loader
Darren McAngus .... grip
David Nichols .... key grip
Ben Nott .... camera operator: miniature photography
Ben Nott .... director of photography: miniature photography
Gerry Nucifora .... boom operator
Brook Rushton .... still photographer
Ricky Schamburg .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Ricky Schamburg .... focus puller: "b" camera
Adam Signorelli .... video split assistant
Henry Smith .... digi assist operator
Henry Smith .... video assist operator
Marc Spicer .... camera operator: "a" camera
Marc Spicer .... steadicam operator
Matthew Spowart .... second assistant camera "b" camera: main unit
Ian 'Thistle' Thorburn .... cinematographer: second unit (as Ian Thorburn)
Helen Ward .... loader: "a" camera
Thomas Watson .... libra head technician: aerials
Grant Wilson .... best boy
 
Animation Department
Dean Finnigan .... animator
Chris Olsen .... senior animator
 
Casting Department
Gary Davy .... casting: UK
Alanna Perry .... extras casting coordinator
Jennifer L. Smith .... casting: US
Tricia Wood .... casting: US
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Barton .... costumer: 2nd Unit
Natalie Bracher .... costume art finisher
Chris Harris .... costume runner
Charlotte Haywood .... costume buyer
Anthony McNeil .... costume runner
Christine Mutton .... machinist
Fiona Nicolls .... stand-by costume
Paula Ryan .... costume supervisor
Phillip Toole .... sewer
 
Editorial Department
Ceinwen Berry .... additional editing
Ceinwen Berry .... first assistant editor
Christine Cheung .... second assistant editor
Al Hansen .... digital intermediate colorist
Al Hansen .... head of digital intermediate
Jayne Herrmann .... digital intermediate coordinator
Steve McKay .... digital intermediate coordinator
Rachel McKellar-Harding .... DI film recording liaison
Adam Smith .... second assistant editor
 
Location Management
Mary Barltrop .... location manager
Ed Donovan .... additional location manager
Peter Hicks .... additional location manager
 
Music Department
Daniel Baker .... orchestrator
Jordan Balagot .... music programmer
Jordan Balagot .... orchestrator
Craig Beckett .... assistant music engineer
Craig Beckett .... music editor
Craig Beckett .... score recordist
Elaine Beckett .... score coordinator
Laura Bishop .... music preparation
Daniel Brown .... score engineer
Daniel Brown .... score mix engineer
Daniel Brown .... score mixer
Daniel Brown .... score recordist
Jonathan Dreyfus .... studio floor assistant
James Ezra .... music playback operator
James Ezra .... music stage manager
Geri Green .... music preparation
Reinhold Heil .... score mixer
Alex Henery .... orchestra contractor
Brett Kelly .... conductor
James K. Lee .... orchestrator
Lochlan Mackenzie-Spencer .... orchestrator
Ewan Mitchell .... music stage manager
Gabriel Isaac Mounsey .... musician: guitar
Gabriel Isaac Mounsey .... original score performed, arranged and programmed by
Gabriel Isaac Mounsey .... score mixer
Angus O'Sullivan .... orchestrator
Norman Parkhill .... music supervisor
Tim Ryan .... supervising music editor
Jonathan Levi Shanes .... composer: additional music
Jonathan Levi Shanes .... music arranger
Jonathan Levi Shanes .... music programmer
Jonathan Levi Shanes .... orchestrator
Jessica Wells .... orchestrator (as Jessica Welles)
Bruce Winter .... score mixer
Brendan Zacharias .... studio floor assistant
Gabriel Isaac Mounsey .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Jonathan Levi Shanes .... music performer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Brian Carpenter .... unit assistant
Al Coleman .... unit assistant
Greg Hall .... driver: cast
Mike Horvath .... driver: cast
Luke Mulhall .... additional driver: cast
Simon von Oorde .... unit assistant
 
Other crew
Rajesh Aggarwal .... accounts manager
Robert Allen .... assistant animal wrangler
Jeremy Atcliffe .... production accountant
Daniel Balzer .... title design
Tim Barlow .... second unit production assistant
Daniel Bavell .... title design
Matthew Boughen .... epk director
Matthew Boughen .... epk offline editor
James Bramley .... post production accountant
Evanne Cheesom .... wrangler
Bruce Chesson .... assistant animal wrangler
Evanne Chesson .... animal wrangler
John Fox .... armorer
Scott Geersen .... title designer: The Lab Sydney
Bruce Gleeson .... assistant animal wrangler
Manisha Goyal .... legal counsel & business affairs
Mathew Harrington .... assistant production coordinator
Katie Harris .... unit nurse: minature unit
Samantha Hately .... pr
Meredith Hussey .... travel coordinator
Julia Jackson .... producer's assistant
Garry Jacques .... creative director: titles, The Lab Sydney
Tu Nhi Lam .... accounts clerk
Mark Lehmann .... assistant armorer
Rowan Maher .... assistant: Mr Beattie
Hamish Mason .... production assistant
Stephen McGillen .... payroll accountant
Reza Mokhtar .... caterer
Nicola Moore .... community developer
Nicola Moore .... community manager
Nicola Moore .... epk producer
Nicola Moore .... social media strategist
Jessica Morgan .... title artist: The Lab Sydney
Kylie Muller .... first assistant accountant
Fiona Nix .... unit publicist
Anthony Purdy .... assistant armorer
Susannah Reed .... legal & business affairs assistant
Morten Rowley .... title design
Stephen Rutter .... travel manager
Robert Simper .... safety officer: second unit
Nathan Smith .... lab liaison
Corrie Soeterboek .... completion guarantor
Sotiri Sotiropoulos .... safety officer
Sotiri Sotiropoulos .... safety officer: additional photography
Anna Steel .... production coordinator
Blake Ternacz .... production runner
Kristin Voumard .... script supervisor
Julia Watt .... unit nurse
Rebecca Wong .... production secretary
Jason Mack .... on-set security (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Scott Meek .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Underdog Soldier" - Asia (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some violence
Runtime:
Australia:103 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Lincoln Lewis wears a maroon and gold sports jersey. His father, rugby league legend Wally Lewis played mainly for the Brisbane Broncos which has maroon and gold as its team colours.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ellie is attempting to get a better look at the Showground, she runs up to and grasps a Rural Fire Service tanker. The doors to the crew space are closed. In the next part, when she crawls underneath, the camera pans up and the doors are now open.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Ellie Linton:We're not going to hold back. Recording it like this, it's um, it's so important to us. I guess it's our way of telling us that things matter. That we mean something. Maybe... some of the things we've done... The friends that we've lost, hopefully it all makes a difference somehow.
[regaining her composure]
Ellie Linton:There's only one way to do this. And that's to go back to where this all began.
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Is "Tomorrow, When the War Began" based on a book?
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34 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable but flawed, 2 September 2010
Author: Dave (dctcool) from Gold Coast Australia

Based off the best selling Australian Teen novel of the same name Tomorrow When The War Began is the first in a series of books by John Marsden about a group of high school students who take a camping trip before school starts and return to find that the country has been invaded by an unknown force, and they make a stand to fight the enemy using guerilla tactics The cinematography and action in this film is fantastic, from the second the first gunshot is fired the adrenaline really picks up and boy does it deliver big time, the explosions in this film are great, and what makes them great is not their size but the debris and characters they send flying, I mean there were pieces of debris that missed characters by cm's and it really ads extra dimension with close calls if this film had been shot in 3D it would have been incredible to see the film just for that.

Unfortunately what drags the film is its script, the dialogue is extremely corny and clichéd, and the bulk of the characters are blatant stereotypes and this is apparent with the way the characters are introduced, in fact I can go though each of them right now, Ellie - Farmer's Daughter, Corrie - the lead's best friend, Kevin - The coward, Homer - The rebellious bad boy, Fiona - the pampered city girl, Robyn - The upstanding religious girl, Chris - The stoner, and the biggest stereotype of them all Lee - The Asian, don't believe me about the Asian? let me give you his character background: He's an expert piano player, his parents own a Chinese restaurant, he moves swiftly like a ninja as evident when he's climbing down a mountain, he stops a fast moving snake with a stick in one strike, he speaks one or two proverbs I mean I was half expecting him to bust out some Kung Fu with the way the filmmakers were treating his character thank god they didn't go that far.

On the topic of the characters the one that really stood out for me performance wise was the character of Homer, Actor Deniz Akdeniz handles his character really well being as charismatic and witty and probably has the second most character development out of all the characters next to Ellie.

To be fair though this is the first in a series of books so there is defiantly room for improvement if the next movie comes out. Notice I said "if" not "when" that's because being an Australian film it has to do really well domestically if it has even a chance of getting made, if it doesn't do well bye bye The Dead of The Night (the next movie in the series) Overall the film is enjoyable despite the poor dialogue, it defiantly needs a better script writer for the next film, though leave him doing the action, Stuart Beattie did that well and pretty good for a directing debut.

7/10

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