The Last Wave review

41hWsJRdjiL The Last Wave

Richard Chamberlain stars as Australian lawyer David Burton, who takes on the defense of a group of aborigines accused of killing one of their own. He suspects the victim has been killed for violating a tribal taboo, but the defendants deny any tribal association. Burton, plagued by apocalyptic visions of water, slowly realizes his own involvement with the aborigines…and their prophecies.


Reminds me in a tangentially interesting way of one of my most favorite movies of all time, The Quiet Earth. Unfortunately The Last Wave suffers from a huge dose of the Magical Native trope. It was a good glance into mid 1980’s Australia and what was concidered normal at the time and was well made, so if you’re in the mood for some heavy “end of the world” type of story with some side of casual racism/mysticism, this is the movie for you.

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