Ever had that feeling where, a good way through a film, you feel that you must, just have to, be missing something?

You know what I mean – you’re settled in, watching a film that everybody else has given a hearty thumbs up to, and about an hour in you’re struggling to muster anything more than a shrug of the shoulders.

That’s the way I feel about Throwback, an Australian creature feature that only seems to have picked up good press to date.

Don’t get me wrong, there was still plenty I enjoyed about the film – the locations were stunning, the acting passable and it features the near-legendary (in my book) Vernon Wells in a minor role.

But it was nothing more than a ‘meh’ movie, a film I watched, dismissed and pretty much forgot about within the hour.

After an opening sequence featuring an outback version of Bigfoot dubbed a ‘Yowie’ back in the 19th century, director Travis Bain’s film shoots us back to present day and the antics of two lowlifes, Jack and Kent (Shawn Brack and Anthony Ring respectively).

The pair are in the outback, hunting for the lost treasure of Thunderclap Newman, who supposedly stashed a nice horde of gold in the jungle back in the day.

But, wouldn’t you know, this land also seems to be the domain of the Yowie, and before long it’s a battle for survival between man and beast.

Wells pops up as a past-it homicide detective, while Melanie Serafin plays a female park ranger in peril.

To his credit, director Bain does do a decent job with the scenes involving the Yowie, which is plainly a man in a creature suit (of course we know that anyway, but this is REALLY obvious).

Bain shows an arm here, a leg there, and only really shows the creature in full in silhouette – along with utilising some strong sound effects to increase the threat.

And the whole thing is filmed tremendously by being filmed in Queensland for real – with the stunning photography earning definite brownie points.

The major problem though is that the film is simply not as funny as it thinks it is, not as clever as it thinks it is and certainly not as thrilling as it thinks it is.

You don’t really warm to the two leads you are clearly supposed to, and the whole thing just sort of plods along – rather like the Yowie in fact.

This is enough here (just) to hold the interest, but sadly nothing more than that.

DVD Review: Throwback
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Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.