**UPDATE 7th August*** So it looks like someone involved with the movie
got upset with the negative reviews from real viewers and felt the need
to post even MORE positive fake reviews on the 6th August under the
AlvinJEllis AlvinJShort AlvinAScott AlvinaMGrace AltonJJames
AlonzoEPuckett AlmaFSampson AllenNThompson AllenJRawlins AllenJGalvin
AllanAHallam AlissaPVillarreal AlisonCChavez AlishiaPGonzales
I guess it could be just a coincidence that all 14 users who posted
reviews that day had names that started with AL?
31 positive reviews for this movie (at the time of writing), 24 of them
all joined IMDb on the same date 2 years and 6 months ago, and all 31
positive reviews were written on the same day, 9th June 2015. Obviously
cast & crew were reviewing themselves and thought pretty highly of
their work, they shouldn't have....
So the movie starts with 2 women dressed in skin tight black leather
and Lycra fighting each other, with no explanation as to why or who is
who, making the entire fight scene pointless because I don't care who
wins or loses, and then a guy..... appears...... who..... talks......
so...... slow ...... overacting ..... that you immediately hope that he
dies in the next scene. Then some more stuff happens and a character
walks towards the camera and it goes out of focus briefly because
whoever was meant to keep the character in focus didn't, they made a
mistake and somehow the director and editor let it make it into the
final cut. This is BEFORE the opening credits start.
The effects - When I saw the first werewolf in the opening scene I
couldn't tell if it was bad stop motion or bad CGI, either way it
looked bad. There are so many CGI effect shots in this that it gives
the impression that a bunch of students from the local film school were
all promised if they each did a CGI effect of their choice it would be
written into the movie. There are too many effects, all of them are
bad, and most of them are pointless and only serve to distract from....
The story - I lost interest. It's obviously meant to be one of these
teen Mortal Instruments or Twilight type films, it just wasn't written
very well. It ended up a muddled and confusing mess with no clear
direction and things happening for seemingly no reason other than the
writer thought "this would be cool" so he put it in the script, this is
especially true for most of the sequences that involve effects, they're
pointless and add nothing to the story. Characters do things that you
don't understand because their motivations are unclear. You can't
empathize with the characters because they aren't written well enough
to feel like real people so you just don't end up caring about them.
The story came across as an amateur attempt by a writer/director who
lacked focus. It was not helped by....
The acting - Just not good. Eric Roberts is the best actor in this
movie by a country mile, that should give you all the information that
you need to know. There is one guy who sounds like Christian Bale doing
his Batman voice whenever he talks, it's really funny to watch even
though I think it's meant to be scary or intimidating, the rest of the
cast are unbelievable at best, annoying and distracting at worst. I
think the only thing we can blame for this is....
The directing - Where to begin? The director of this movie is also the
writer, and his weaknesses in one compound the weaknesses in the other.
For example, he writes weak dialogue for his actors and gets such bad
performances from them as a director that in some scenes he has us
hearing what the characters are thinking so they can explain what just
happened. "did I really just say that?" thinks a girl who has just said
something embarrassing to a guy she's flirting with, and then "nice
save Amy!" when she says something cool in the next sentence to him, it
reminded me of the type of thing that would happen in the TV show
Scrubs. Remember that this is supposed to be a serious horror/fantasy
movie, not a light hearted comedy. I can't say anything good about the
directing in this movie, I've touched on a couple of the things
already, the bad acting, the over reliance on cheap CGI effects, the
technical issues like shots going out of focus, an incohesive story,
conflicting tones, the list could go on, and at the end of the day
these problems fall squarly on the directors shoulders. Someone should
tell the director that filmmaking is about getting the basics right, to
use a well known saying "you have to crawl before you can walk", this
director tried to come out sprinting and fell flat on his face.
The final verdict - In case you haven't guessed, I don't rate this
movie very highly. If you want a werewolf fix I suggest you watch
Ginger Snaps or American Werewolf in London, and I can't believe I
would ever write these words, go watch Twilight. That is how bad this
movie is, I just recommended Twilight over it.
Lows - Acting, directing, story, effects, all worse than most low
budget TV shows.
Highs - The bad guy who sounds like Christian Bale doing Batman, he
really is funny to listen to, by the end of the movie we were in tears
laughing every time he spoke.
If a tween in the house forces you to watch it I suggest alcohol to
lessen the pain and increase the humour of the Batman voice guy - 2/10