Ellie, 17, goes camping in the bush for a few days with a bunch of spunky mates from her coastal country town of Wirrawee. When they get home, wouldn’t you know it, Australia’s been invaded. (First the World Cup, and now this!)
The rest of the film plots their transition from ordinary Western kids into guerilla fighters, learning survival tactics and about the moral choices of war. And how to treat gunshot wounds.
Writer-director Stuart Beattie has stayed very faithful to the book, but doing so brings a few problems: with eight characters, they don’t get much screentime and they don’t exactly span the range of personalities; also it feels like Part I rather than a self-contained story. But the premise is great and it’s otherwise hard to fault: fans of the book should definitely see it. 8/10