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Brotherhood of the Wolf /

Rated: R
Starring: Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Vincent Cassel, Emilie Dequenne, Monica Bellucci
Directed by: Christophe Gans
Produced by: Samuel Hadida, Richard Grandpierre
Written by: Stephane Cabel, Stťphane Cabel, Christophe Gans

Distributor: Universal Focus


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     What makes Brotherhood of the Wolf any different from your average kung-fu movie? Obviously something; according to most critics, but I saw no contrast between it and the hazardous Transporter. Brotherhood of the Wolf utilizes much more style in its direction, production, and writing; but to me itís nothing special. There is something distinctly sickening about it. Aside from the fact that I am writing this review under the presence of the stomach flu, just thinking about this film makes me want to barf. The stupid characters and bad acting make it far less than desirable to watch.

     The story is about the hunting of a beast. In the depths of the French wilderness, this beast kills innocent travelers. Virgins to its story often mistake it for the average werewolf, but this is a very powerful creature full of rage and the desire to kill. There are a few well-done shots of this monster attacking, including those of the opening scene, which are well-choreographed, produced, and directed. But without these, the film serves no purpose. The plot doesnít leave us involved, and because of the meaning it looses in the translation of languages; we donít feel for the characters. Brotherhood of the Wolf isnít only mindless fun, its mindless filmmaking as well.

     Iím not sure that there is a reason that the film was made, either. There are several epics, similar to this film that serve definite purposes. Brotherhood of the Wolf has the extreme length of an epic, but doesnít have a purpose. One of the biggest problems with it is that it has no sense of direction. A cast, crew, and their film must know where they want themselves to go, and what their trying to achieve. There is some degree of this fact shown in the screenplay of Brotherhood of the Wolf, indefinitely; but a very small amount of it actually shows in the final cut of the flick. All of the pieces fit in the puzzle, but there are giant gaps of air between the worn-out edges of them.

     The costumes are interesting, and I will give them that. Interesting is not always a good thing; but itís an intriguing one. The odd fabrics seem to wear the dull and lifeless actors as if they were the star of the film themselves. With fish-hats, stocking-suits, and bras that donít only cover the breasts; the clothing gallery is certainly amusing to watch. Soldiers ride their horses in bare feet in the middle of the winter, yet they are fully clothed indoors. Brotherhood of the Wolf is like a foreign attempt at madness, which leaves American viewers cluelessely pondering its every move. I like to watch movies, but not riots.

     Now that this review has come to an end, I am glad to reach a certain point of closure. Brotherhood of the Wolf is simply a film that I have no interest in talking about, and doesnít deserve to be talked about. It isnít painful to watch, but itís far from pleasurable. The performances are dull, the action is lifeless, and the special effects are tacky. Letís end the talking here. Bottom Line: Donít waste your time.

-Danny, Bucket Reviews


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