Black Water (2007) Script

I wish you'd let me clean it.

Mum, it's a rental car.

Oh! Come on!

Mmm, thanks for a lovely Christmas.

Bye, Mum.

Bye-bye, my baby.

She's 22, Mum.

She's the youngest, she'll always be my baby.

Take care.

Thank you for coming up to visit.

See you, Pat. Bye-bye.


You come back any time. You're always welcome.

You two take care of each other.

We will.

Bye, darling.

Bye, Mum.

Two weeks on the road. Yes!


Sure as shit beats being in the office.

Where are we going to go first?

I want to see that crocodile place.

Sounds good to me.

♪ He's the number one

♪ Man in his community

♪ He's got credibility

♪ And folks all know his name

♪ Running round the clock

♪ He's working for the family

♪ Starting up a dynasty

♪ Down in history

♪ But all I know for sure is how love can grow

♪ So don't walk alone

♪ Don't walk alone

♪ Starting up at 8:00

♪ Checking that the factory

♪ Is making lots of money

♪ He's got so much to lose

♪ Going through the books

♪ Working up an inventory

♪ Dotting I's and crossing T's

♪ For his well-oiled machine

♪ But all I know for sure is how love can grow

♪ So don't walk alone

♪ Don't walk alone

♪ Oh, don't walk alone

♪ Yeah

♪ Oh, don't walk alone ♪

We almost there?

Yeah, pretty close.

Can I have the book?

Yep. Here you go.


"Ainsley Crocodile Adventure Park."

"You can see salties, that's what the locals call the crocs, being fed,"

"and tour the croc farm."

How do they farm them?

Same way you farm anything, I suppose.

Breed 'em, raise 'em, kill 'em, sell whatever you can.

Which parts of the crocodile do they sell?

"Crocodiles are harvested at about 18 to 24 months,"

"with 4-foot being the optimum size for the handbag market."


It says that in some parts of Southeast Asia the men believe eating the penis will improve their sex drive and that you'll take on the spirit and the aggression of the crocodile.


The power of the penis.

That's great.

Now all I can do is simulate a bird that's landed on the water here and is swimming across.

So this is a bird. It's just landed on the water, and the bird is going knee-deep in the water.

Now the bird starts to really muck around...

As you approach the water with your billy or your fishing rod, a Mary River Crocodile, at 12-foot...

What does it look like when I'm down there?

A dirty great, big truck with teeth coming at ya.

Do more than two photos, because you stuff up the only photo you took and you're going to be looking for me when you get back to Sydney.

How's this? Smile!


Nine Months?

Alien! Yes.

You're good at this. Drink?

No, I'm fine.

You have to ask?

Off the booze?

I feel fat after Christmas.

I'm just trying to lose some weight.

Here we go.

Okay. So, what are we doing tomorrow? Lee?

I chose the croc place. You and Adam choose.

There wasn't much on offer, but I did discover this.

Here. "Backwater Barry's Alternative River Tour."

"See the wildlife, catch the fish."

Didn't know you were into fishing.

No, I'm not. But I like being out on the water.

Mmm. "If anyone's gonna see it", "if anyone's gonna catch it, it's Backwater Barry!"

"Gee, is that a barramundi up me bum?"

It was just an idea.

It's okay, let's do that.

Yeah? It'll be fun.




Well, this must be it.

Looks pretty upmarket.



Yeah, come on through!

How can I help you?

We're after Barry, to do the tour.

Uh, just missed him.

Went out about five minutes ago.

You want to do some fishing?

Yeah, and see the river.

I can take you out.


Sure, yeah.

That'd be great.

All right. Let's get you fitted up then, eh?



You're pregnant.

You are, aren't you?

I'm going to be an aunty!

Yeah, but shh! I haven't told him yet.

He is the father, right?

Yeah, very funny.

I only found out last night, so I'm just waiting for the right moment.

Hello, little one!

This time of year, the barra fishing is only catch and release.

We can't keep anything we catch.

Oh, mate, that's fine with us.

Still plenty of other good fish around.


Take these. I'll meet you out there.


Lucky it's the wet season.

The river's in flood and the king tides are running, so there's a lot more water around up here.

What's a king tide?

Really high tides that happen around Christmas.

It's the best time to fish.

With all the extra water around, it's pretty lively on the river.

Is that why you brought a gun?


No, that's just Barry's insurance policy.

He can remember the old days, before all the crocs had moved out of here.

Now they've all either been shot or taken to farms, so...

Who's up for a drink?

Oh, yeah? Yeah.

What was that?

Better have a look.

It's floated down from upstream somewhere.

We'll take it with us.

Let me jump back in.

Shall we go further up?

Yeah. Yep. Let's do it.

Get 'em in, eh?


This is excellent.

See, even though the tide's running out, there's still a lot of water up here.

It's just right.


Let's get a line in, eh?



Yeah, just out there.

Oh! GRACE: Hey!



Something's there.


Take it easy.

Come on, come on, come on, pick it up!

What's that?


I don't know.


What happened?

It's a fucking croc! What?

There's a croc in here. Get up the tree!

Where's Lee?

Get up the tree, I'll get Lee!

Lee! Lee!

Grace, get out of the water!

Just get up the tree!

Okay, okay!

Okay! Okay, okay!


Lee, where are you?


Adam, get out!

Adam, get out. It's coming back!

Adam, it's the croc! Get out!

Get out now!

Please, get out!

Adam, get out!


Come on. Come on.

Come on!

Get up!

Lee! Lee!

Lee, get out of the water now!

Get out!

Lee, get on the boat!


Get down. Lie down.


Over here!

Lee, it's okay!

Lee, it's okay! Lee!

Lee! Just hold on!

Hold on! Lee, it's okay!

Get up the tree.

Get up the tree! Okay, okay, okay.

We've got to get her.


I think it might've gone.

What makes you say that?

The body's gone.

Jim? Yeah.

Before I saw it coming for you, I saw Jim's body floating over there.

I can't see anything.

Trust me, it was there. Lee!

Lee, are you okay?

We've got to get her out of there.

We're also gonna need the boat.

I'll go over.

Are you crazy?

Maybe it's gone, maybe it hasn't!

Anyway, what's the use of getting the boat?

It flipped over once, it can happen again!

How else are we gonna get out of here?

We can't just stay in the tree.

Why not?

Someone will come looking for us.


Who, Grace?

No one saw us leave, no one knows we're here.

The rope.

If she can get the rope to us, we can pull her across.

Okay, let's try that.

Okay. Lee!

The rope at the front of the boat, can you reach it?

Can you throw it to me?

I'll go. No! No.

Catch it, all right? Catch it.

I will.


It's okay. It's okay.

Can you see it?


Come on, Lee, you can do it this time. Come on!

Give yourself a bit of slack.

I'm here. I'm here, darling.

Big throw.

Fuck! It's okay, it's okay. Don't move. I'll get it.

Get us a branch. Just above you.

Here, got it?


I'm not going into the water again. I can't!

Here. Wrap it around your hand.


Okay, one, two, three!

Must be stuck on a log.

It's all right, Lee.


Lee, I've tied off the rope, okay?

If you can get into the water slowly and use the rope to guide yourself over, okay?


You can do it, okay?

Come on.

Better get up.

That's it! That's it!

Keep coming. Keep coming.

Lee! Come on!

I've got you. I've got you. That's it. That's it.

Okay. All right, come on.

You've got her?

Yeah, I've got her. I've got her.

Okay, there.

You're okay, baby, you're okay.

You're okay.

Grab the rope.

You got it? Oh, fuck.

That was amazing.

Bloody amazing.

Shit, your ankle, is it okay?

It's pretty sore.

Oh, my God, it doesn't look good.


Where's Jim?

He got taken.


How did this happen? We were in that boat.

I mean, it was a metal boat!

Is it still here?

Can't see it.

So how are we gonna get out of here?

What are we gonna do?

We should just wait for someone to come for us, shouldn't we?

Yeah. Who's going to come for us?

I don't know, but isn't that what they say you should do if you get lost in the wild?

Yeah, but no one saw us leaving. No one knows we're here.

There's hundreds of miles of estuary and mangroves along the river.

No one's coming.

I still think we should just wait.

When did we last see another boat?

We did see that petrol drum.

That could've been in the water for weeks, months.

Yeah, so what's your idea?

The boat.

The boat?

Did you miss something, Adam?

That thing just flipped over as if it was nothing.

You really think we're safe in that?

It's our best shot.

Okay. So how do you figure we get to it, flip it, bail it and get out of here without being eaten?

It's better than waiting to be rescued by people who don't even know we're missing. Help!

Help! Can anybody hear us!


Help! Help!


We'll die of fucking malaria waiting out here.


I think I've still got the RID.


You beauty! GRACE: Come on, come on, come on.

Come on!

It's dead.


Wait, what have I got?

Car keys.


My wallet.

One more stamp and I get a free coffee.

What was that?

I want to get out of here.

Maybe we can use these trees to get out of here.

Look, guys, even if we could get to land, we're miles from anywhere.

The idea of getting lost out here trying to walk...

"Getting lost"? We're already lost!

We go along this river and get back to where we came from.

Really? Do you know where we are?

We're on the river.

Do you remember every single turn we took?

I don't need to.

Okay, whatever!

I think Grace is right. I think we should try the trees.

Do you think it's gonna be easy getting around in these trees?

Look at it!

I'll go check out the trees.

It's all right, I'll go.

You've lost your glasses.

You can't put any weight on that leg. I'll go.

It's okay, I'm fine.

Adam, you're half blind without your glasses.

I'm not blind. I can see, all right?

Just shove over.

Grace, this is crazy!

And going for the boat isn't?

You can't go.

Really? Why not?

You just can't. I'm fine, I'll go now.

Lee, you're not fine.

Look, I'm just going to stick to the trees.

Okay? If they run out, I'm straight back here.


All right.

Hey. Just be careful, all right?

I will.

It's okay.



Grace! Grace!



You all right?

Here, Grace! Here!

What is it?

It's okay. You're okay.

It's okay. I got you.

I got you.

Okay. Come on.


You all right? Yep.

I'm good.

What's wrong? What happened?

Nothing, nothing.

I just got a little bit spooked, that's all.

I'm okay. Really, I'm okay.




We're surrounded by water.

It's a bit of a swim to land, but it's doable.

How far?

I don't know, like, 50 or 100 meters?

The boat's only just there. Seems like better odds.

But we can't get to it.

We haven't tried yet.


What's it to be?

The boat, or a 300-meter swim in a croc-infested river?

It's not 300 meters.

I'm with Grace. I say we wait.

I think maybe if we wait, someone will come along.

What's that song that kids sing?


"Three cheeky monkeys sitting in a tree,"

"teasing Mr. Crocodile,"

"'Can't catch me!'"

"Along comes Mr. Crocodile,"

"quiet as can be."


Thank you, Adam.

I think I prefer, "Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream."

So do I!

Let's get the boat and get out of here.

Okay, we'll try it your way.

For now.

I thought I was falling.

It's okay.

Can I please have the RID?

Thanks. Oh.

Shit. Sorry.

I think it's time to get moving.

The longer we wait, the harder it's gonna be to get going.

Look, we've waited, we've waited hours to see this fucker, and no show.

I hate to say it, but he's probably still chowing down on Jim and will be for the rest of the day.

I remember being a kid and spending all afternoon in a cupboard.

I was too scared to come out

'cause I thought my brother was waiting outside to beat the shit out of me.

Thing is, minutes after chasing me into the cupboard, he'd just gone off with his mates.

It wasn't my brother keeping me in the cupboard. It was me. It was fear.

If there's no croc down there, what the hell are we doing up here?


You've made your point.

So what's your plan?

Look, I get over to the boat, I ride it, I bring it over here and we get out.

That's your plan? That's my plan.

I could go with you.

No. Look, it's best to just risk one of us.

Okay? I'm the strongest, I have the best chance of getting to the boat.

No, don't go.

Grace, we're not gonna be rescued.

Please, don't go. Just wait a little bit longer.

It's okay, I'll be right back.

Adam... What?

What is it?

Grace. Gracie, it's okay.

It's okay.

I'll be right back.


Okay. Okay. Okay.

Give us a bit of slack.

Just need to loosen the rope.



No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

No, no! Adam!

No, no. Come up!


Adam! No!


Adam, come up!

Come on! Come on, come on, come up!

Come up!



Please, let him go!

Come on, let him go.

Let him go!


It's not going to leave us alone, is it?

We're gonna die, aren't we?



Fuck! Fuck!

Stop it.

We're going to get out of here.

Yeah? And how are we gonna do that?

The boat.

The boat? The boat?

That's so fucking hilarious.

You have no idea, do you?

Shut up, Lee!

Shut up!

I need you to get over there and I need you to keep watch.

Okay? Get over there and keep a look out!

Get up!

Get up.

Fuck you.

Hold that.

Give it to me.


Grace! Grace, it's coming!


I'm coming, I'm coming.

Are you sure you saw it?

Yeah, I thought I saw it.

I'm going to go back down.

I'm gonna get a bigger stick and go back down and get the rope.


Can you see it?


The boat's going out.

He's just there.

I know.

Maybe it won't go far.

It's half full of water now.

I didn't tell him, Lee.

I was going to, but I didn't.

I know. I'm so sorry.

We didn't say goodbye. Maybe we should say goodbye.





I don't know what to say.

I know.

Goodbye, baby.


I'm so thirsty.

I just wish it would rain.

I can't see the boat.

I was thinking...

Remember when we were kids and we used to have holidays at the beach house?


And you could always smell when a storm was coming?

It smells like that.

Yeah. Yeah, it does, doesn't it?

Remember those brothers?

Those brothers who were there every year.


Yeah, Mick and Paul Davies.

Those boys were always chasing you.

And you were always saving me.

What was that?

What was that?

Oh, God, it's eating him! It's eating him!

No, no, no, no.

No, no, no.



Hey, Gracie.

Are you okay?

Grace, you're scaring me. You okay?



I'm so sorry about what happened.

I really am so sorry.

But, please, we have to help ourselves.

Hey, Grace.

"Two cheeky monkeys sitting in a tree,"

"teasing Mr. Crocodile, 'Can't catch me!'"

"Along came Mr. Crocodile, quiet as can be."

"Snap, snap, snap."

"Snap, snap, snap."

Thank you. Thanks a lot. That's being very helpful.

I'm sorry.

The boat's back.

At the wrong tree.

God, we have to do something.

I'm not going back to the boat.

Not after...

I'm just so tired!

I'm so thirsty.

Me, too.

What are we going to do, Gracie?


If a boat's gonna go past, it's gonna go past up there.

Up where we came in.

I don't know, maybe...

Maybe we should see if we can try and get to it.

Using the trees?


I could go check it out.

Please, can we go together?


Hang on, wait.

Let's do something to try and keep it away.


Go away, croc.

Go away.

You're gonna go away. Far, far away.

Lee and Grace will be safe.

Lee and Grace will be safe.

Lee and Grace will be safe.

You all right? Yeah.


I think we should go for that one.

Okay. Okay?


Are we really gonna do this?

I don't know. Didn't we just say we were?

Yep, yep.

It's gonna be okay.


I think... What?

I think we should go back.

Grace, don't do this. We're almost halfway there.


What do we do?

Just stay tight. Stay tight.

Just keep tight.

Fuck! Fuck off!

Fuck off!






No! Grace! No!

Get up there!

Okay, okay.

You're all right. You're all right!

You're all right. You're all right!

You're okay.

You're okay. Okay?


It's really not that deep.


Grace! Hey! Hey!

Hey, you have to stay with me, all right?

Just have to fix your leg.

So you just keep breathing, okay?

Fuck! Hold in there! Hold in there!

Fuck, it really hurts!

I know, I know.

You're okay. You're okay. You're okay.

You're okay.

You're okay. You're okay.

Okay. Okay.

It's a boat.

It's a boat!

You'll be all right.


Wait! We're here!



We're here!


We're here! Help!

We're here!


No, come back!

Come back!

We're here!


I hate you, you fucking shitty piece of tin!

Fucking hate you!

This is all your fault.

This is all your fault!


Grace, get your legs up!

Get your legs up!

You get away from her!

Get away!

Tuck your legs in!

Tuck in, Gracie.

Okay, I need your legs up.

I need you to pull your legs up.

Fuck! Fuck!

You gotta tuck in.

Okay. Oh!

Are you okay? Are you okay?


Just have to change this, okay? Okay.

Where's the boat?


Okay? You okay?

Just gonna get the boat, okay?

Lee. Be back in a minute.

Don't go.

I'll be right back. That's what Adam said.

It's okay.

It's not. It's not. Please.

It's okay. I love you.

I love you so much.

I love you so much. Don't go, please.

Lee, please don't go.

Please help us. Please keep us safe.

I've got the boat, Grace!

Coming, Gracie.

Coming, Gracie.



Coming, Gracie. Coming, Gracie.

Quickly, quickly. Quickly, quickly.

Sorry. Sorry.

Sorry, sorry.

I'm sorry. Sorry.


Come on.

Come on.

Come on.

Come on.

Come on! Come on.

Come on.

Come on! Come on.

Come on. Come on.

Come on.

Come on. Come on. Come on!

Come on!

Come on.

Coming, Gracie.

Coming, Gracie.

Coming, Gracie!


I did it, Gracie!

I did it!




Hey, Grace.

Gracie, hey.



Hey, Gracie.

Gracie, we can go home.

We can go home now.

Grace, I did it! Gracie?

Gracie. Hey.





Grace. Grace!

Grace. Grace.





Gracie. No. Grace.

Grace. No!


No, Grace! No!

No. No. No.