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Big Bad Wolves - 22/11/2013 7:46:20 PM   
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Savage, dark, witty and outrageously fun; Big Bad Wolve... - 22/11/2013 7:46:43 PM   


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The Revenge sub-genre has sailed down the I Spit on Your Grave root, and clearly it was a dead end as no other film of that sub-genre was able to pull something out of the bag that didn't involve a girl getting raped and then getting payback on those who wronged her. Big Bad Wolves treads along those lines in some aspects, but you have not seen a more original and savage Revenge flick like this in years. This little Israel gem from Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado may just be this year’s most viciously entertaining horror films, and with its brood mix of gore and gags, this makes Big Bad Wolves one foreign horror to die for.

Having never seen Rabies, I was unaware of the talent behind the camera, so I went into this with a clean slate; well other than the fact Quentin Tarantino called it “The Best film of the year”. This threw me off-guard a little, a made me guess that the film was going to be a success. Perhaps reading something along the lines off “so bad it hurts” then maybe Big Bad Wolves would have pleased me even more than it did. Either way, I loved it and that’s what I’m here to do, to tell you about just how good Big Bad Wolves is. Its effective blend of dark humor and bloody violence proves that it has something to offer more than its surprisingly twisted narrative string.

The slow-burning approach which initially removes the element of horror doesn't work on its behalf at first, but once bones start cracking and blood starts spraying, it reminds you of why you went to see this in the first place, and why you have an undying lust for basic torture horrors. A lot of this film is “been there seen that”, but not until you watch the film take a complete U-turn for the best, slapping all those cliché’s in the face as it flies past. Big Bad Wolves is as original as it gets for 2013, and with early intentions of repetition, it proves to be a strong horror with a strong bite; and then afte

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Tonally all over the place and far from good - 6/12/2013 4:59:44 PM   

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Sure, there are some pretty funny moments and these work even in a problematic context. The problem is the tone it badly all over the place - the director is aspiring to a black comedy, which would certainly suit the subject matter. But instead much of his comedy is broad sitcom style farce, and that sits pretty badly.

The story is a bit muddled - there's some inept character stuff and an attempt to position the main stand off but the idiocy of some of the strands supposed to be keeping things together is sometimes embarassingly poor - why are they targetting him when they apparently don't even know where he lives, although presumably they've been following him. That kind of thing. The is he/isn't he is constructed badly as a result - competence is ignored simply so some kind of ambivalence can exist.

Performances vary - although he looks like he's hunching his neck for the entire movie the avenging parent is well-played. The cop lead's performance not so much - pretty poor throughout.

Sadly, another flashy film that tries for the set-piece ideas but can't quite form a decent film around them.

Saw this in Leeds. It didn't even crack the top 20 for the audience votes - not remotely surprised.

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RE: Tonally all over the place and far from good - 31/12/2013 9:28:36 AM   


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Even if you think you've seen this story too often, Big Bad Wolves will surprise and enthral. A thriller which bites deep, it has a light touch which finds humanity even in the worst horrors.

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OY VEY.....but in an interesting way.... - 6/6/2014 5:24:09 PM   


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An Israeli horror film? Not quite. But it is worth seeing for the pitch black comedy and some excellent performances. Tarantino said that this was the best picture of 2013 and after seeing it you can quite easily understand where he’s coming from. But where this film fell down for me was in it’s unnecessarily explicit images of violence and torture the tone of which, didn’t quite fit in with the semi - comic nature of all the drama that proceeded it. Big Bad Wolves starts off as a routine child kidnap /police thriller with the chief suspect (a school teacher) mercilessly played as a hapless chump by his own wife, the cops, the parents and even by the very school children that he mentors. A corrupt cop and an aggrieved father also enter the picture and various high jinks ensue. The set up is all cleverly done and the rich vein of comedy on display naturally flows from some pretty absurd characters and painful situations ( the police chief and his son are hilarious). But then, all of a sudden the tone veers off and it all turns into a Reservoir Dogs/Saw/ torture porn fest which seems to belong in another film all together. And the ending is definitely an anti climax. It was as if the director couldn’t figure out the best way to end the story and simply settled for the most obvious….Give this film an extra star if you’re in a sadistic mood - THREE STARS

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