Overall Rating: 1.8/5
Director: Max Perrier
Gore Factor: There's really only one scene that's at all 'gory'.
Rewatchability: I barely made it through the first time.
Watch if: You don't need plot or acting for a good atmosphere.
Not If: You have almost any other option.
Similar To: Mr. Jones, Kill List, Dark Was The Night
The Bare Bones: When their loved one goes missing during a hunt for a marijuana grove, two people must struggle for survival in the cursed Canadian wilderness.
Yes, you read that right.
There are some really cool legends surrounding Native American and First People culture, and personally, I would love to see some of them brought to life. But... why this one?
Some assholes go to do something and things go horribly wrong. I get it to that point, but its difficult to even decipher what the film makers were trying to go for on this one. There's little to know explanation of anything, to the point where I'm not quite sure what I was supposed to be afraid of.
Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against mind fuck films or plots lacking explanations, but there is an artful way to accomplish that, and a big factor in it is intent. This film lacked that. For a vast part of the film, I wasn't even sure what was happening, and that didn't feel intentional.
The vast majority of the acting was either flat our cringe-worthy, wooden, or overshadowed by clumsy, ham-handed dialogue. And whenever anyone hit someone else, they were a good four inches off target. Even the wolves missed their mark. A cute, curious puppy is not made threatening by some overlapped growling sounds.
The Moose was the most expressive actor by far.
There were some gems in the side characters that hinted at training, but it was all but ignored and did nothing to help the overall film.
At least one person on the cinematography crew knew what they were doing. Between the overall setting, the lighting, and the colors, the intended sense of dread definitely came through. But blurring actors in rags and face paint do not a scary ghost make. And as I mentioned earlier, the fight choreography, if one can even call it that, was awful.
Like, I want the soundtrack. It was that good. Between that and the glimpses of well thought out cinematography you receive at the beginning of the film, it is clear that they were aiming for a sense of overwhelming dread, and they very nearly accomplished it. It shows up for brief, all too fleeting moments, only to be destroyed by the terrible writing and all but complete lack of plot.
But here's the big thing: It was really, really boring. I watched this one with a friend of mine who usually adores the bizarre, drawn out type of film. Neither of us wanted to sit past the 30 minute mark. What was in reality an hour and a half film felt more like three hours.