• Publication date: May 21, 2011

The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course

The late Steve Irwin earned a reputation for capturing dangerous animals, the most ...

The late Steve Irwin earned a reputation for capturing dangerous animals, the most notable of which being gigantic crocodiles. Irwin tackled fearsome crocs effortlessly and compassionately, using each instance to educate his viewers about the powerful reptiles. He did not limit himself to crocs alone however: snakes, icky spiders, kangaroos, tigers and hundreds of other creatures were treated with equal fervor. Whether cute and cuddly or slimy and scaly, Irwin always ensured that injured animals received proper medical attention and were treated with dignity. Collision Course is the animal enthusiast's first and last foray into film. Fans of his television series should be equally entertained by this effort, that combines crocodile wrestling with a humorous -- even if somewhat preposterous plot. As one might expect, exclamations of "crikey!" and "that's a close one!" are littered throughout the film. Profound dialogue is not necessarily a feature of the pic, nor is it supposed to be. Viewers have come to see one thing: live interaction with animals many would fear to be near, let alone touch. When a top secret honing device drops from a satellite onto earth's surface, CIA agents Wheeler (Lachy Hulme) and Vaughan (Kenneth Ransom) travel to Australia in search of it; the device contains information that could, "change the power structure of the entire modern world" and its retrieval is critical. Wheeler and Vaughan do eventually locate the gadget, albeit in a seemingly unobtainable location: a crocodile's stomach. The two agents are left with no other choice but to kill the croc and dissect it, but when Steve suspects they are poachers their task becomes twice as difficult. Irwin and his wife Terri partake in a game of cat and mouse with the agents, hoping to transport their reptilian friend to a safe location. The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course was a commercial success, earning more than $33 million at the box office, almost tripling its meager $12 million budget. Rating: Rated PG for action violence/peril and mild language.