105 min., 2002
Written by Neil Marshall
Directed by Neil Marshall
My rating: ★★★★★
This is still my favorite werewolf movie.
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The movie begins a couple talking and the girl giving the guy a gift. Next they are starting to make out when they are attacked by something. We then jump two hours earlier where a man is running from some soldiers, but when they start fighting he seems to be able to hold his own. It turns out that it is just a test to see if Private Cooper (Kevin McKidd) is good enough to get into the special ops fronted by Captain Ryan (Liam Cunningham). Because Cooper refused to shoot a dog he isn’t allowed in and then we jump to four weeks later. A helicopter lands and six soldiers get out. Leading them is Sergeant Harry Wells (Sean Pertwee) and under him is Private Cooper, Spoon (Darren Morfitt), Joe (Chris Robson), Bruce (Thomas Lockyer) and Terry (Leslie Simpson). They have been left in the forest to do some training exercises and they are supposed to get behind “enemy” lines. As the get closer they see a flare go off and when they get to the camp the only survivor is Captain Ryan who keeps yelling how there was only supposed to be one of them. They take him and start to run as they are being attacked by what seems to be giant bipedal dogs. They bump into a woman, Megan (Emma Cleasby), in a vehicle who drives them to a local farm house to tend to some of their wounds and get a handle on the situation. Even with military training will anyone survive this night of horror or will they all become dinner for the werewolves?
It’s really hard to point out just one or two people in this movie that were great in their roles because everyone one was perfect. I really can’t think of a single performance in the movie that was flawed. If I did have to choose a couple of my favorites it would have to be Sean Pertwee and Darren Morfitt. Both of them had a firm grip on their roles and they were two of my favorite characters in the movie. I really can’t say much more because I would be doing nothing but saying the same thing for everyone involved.
The effects are on the same level as the acting except for maybe one tiny thing. There is one scene where one of the characters gets shot in the head and they used CG and it stuck out like a sore thumb. The rest of the effects are pretty darn flawless. Now the biggest thing that I was looking for were the werewolves. I was expecting them to have aged in the past ten years, but holy shit do they look fucking cool. There is no age to be seen, in fact they actually look even better than I remember them looking.
This is a movie that I would suggest to anyone and everyone. Even if you aren’t a fan of werewolves or military movies, this movie will draw you in and you will forget about what you hate. One of the best things that this movie does is that it takes these six soldiers and really makes them act more like friends or a family than anything else. I’ve seen movies where they try to do that but a lot of times it just feels really forced and in this movie it is extremely natural and I never questioned why they work so well together. From beginning to end this movie has greatness in spades. This is without a doubt an ignored film that every horror movie fan should watch and own.Have You Read...?