"The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course" Cinema Synopsis:
Whoever said, never smile at a crocodile did not have Steve Irwin in mind. Hes mad about them. As anyone knows, conservationist Steve fights the good fight to save crocs and all manner of creatures from those who line their pockets at the expense of their extinction. He has become a star in his own right - just by being himself.
The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course in which Steve and his wife, Terri, graduate from the small to the big screen, is really two movies. They continue to do the sort of thing they do on TV and the segments in which they appear are presented in standard screen size, with Steve talking directly to the camera. Meanwhile, a fictitious story is played out in wide screen sequences that involve the Irwins only when both parts of the movie overlap for the big finale and become part of Steves show.
While Steve and Terri rush to rescue and relocate an angry crocodile that has been making a meal of the unfortunate cows belonging to crabby farmer, Brozzie Drewitt (Magda Szubanski in fine, funny fettle), another kind of drama unfolds on the other side of the world. A US satellite, containing top-secret information in a small capsule, has plummeted to Earth and has been lost in far northern Queensland. In fact, it has been gulped down by the very same ravenous croc that the Irwins are trying to track.
While Steve and Terri continue their trek to the croc - with mercy missions along the way, during which they pick up anything from intensely venomous snakes and a bird-eating spider to a dewy-eyed joey whose mother has been killed - two CIA agents, Wheeler and Vaughan (Lachy Hulme and Kenneth Ransom) fly in to Queensland where they are met by Aussie operative Jo Buckley (Kate Beahan). Jo is working for a different CIA director and intends to track down the vital missing module before Wheeler and Vaughn.
The CIA eventually comes up with the notion that Steve and Terri are spies while the Irwins deduce that they are poachers. Brozzie just wants to get rid of the croc and anyone who trespasses onto her property - notably the agents and the local cop, Sam Flynn (David Wenham) - all of whom have to face Brozzies pack of dogs, which seem to possess their owners cranky disposition.
While the purely fictional aspects of the screenplay set The Crocodile Hunter apart from the TV show, it is those moments in which Steve - and the steadfast Terri - do what they do best that still hold excitement. Fearless, energetic to the point of exhaustion and totally uninhibited in his obviously genuine passion, Steve takes risks that have us squirming. The capture and eventual release of the capsule-carrying crocodile are terrifying and terrific and a real highlight of the movie.
This is one time when a load of croc can be a lot of fun.