This film is like Wild, but for the alternative crowd. Honestly, I liked this one more.
Based on the memoir by Robyn Davidson, which expanded upon her National Geographic article, Tracks stars Mia Wasikowska (Crimson Peak, Alice in Wonderland). She needs some time to herself, and so she finds it by crossing 1,700 miles of the Australian Outback. It’s set in 1977 (when Davidson trekked), and yet there’s a sense of pure antiquity to it. The world has changed so much.
Mia Wasikowska has starred in some of my absolute favorite films, communicating so much with her soothing presence. The problem is her films just don’t make waves at the box office, and it’s a real tragedy. She is to period pieces what Keira Knightley used to be. Wasikowska is exemplary in this film, so honest and true, and yet the film was a flop. Why does this keep happening? She’s brilliant.
Adam Driver is in this movie sparingly, but like in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you always know when he’s around. There’s also an aboriginal man who serves as the comic relief, and that’s about as much of the human cast as you get. There are more animals than people. It’s a small cast, but it gives you more insight on the characters you’ve got.
In terms of the cinematography, it’s really beautifully done. The Outback has never looked so vital, and it’s quietly magnificent. At times, I could not help but take it all in. It’s not dead, but living in its own way.
In her book, Robyn Davidson said that “Like with any journey, it’s not what you carry, but what you leave behind.” I can already feel this movie being left behind in the journey of time, and that’s not fair. Tracks may be the first thing to stay, but they also leave a mark.
Tracks is available on Netflix.