Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review: Werewolf - The Best Among Us (2012)

Review by Disgruntled Monkey

Director: Louis Morneau
Starring: Steven Bauer, Nia Peeples & Ed Quinn
Writers: Michael Tabb, Catherine Cyran & Louis Morneau

Werewolf movies don't really have the best track record in my mind. Some are great, don't get me wrong. But a lot fall short and i'm not really sure why. However when it comes to Werewolf: The Best Among Us it actually succeeds in being a rather entertaining movie, even if it has some flaws.

The biggest positive is the movie tries to be fun without messing about with the Werewolf sub genre too much. There are some things that are handled with a little twist in mind, but overall it keeps the to Werewolf mythos. On the human side though, things get really interesting.

Our human contenders are a rag tag group of hunters that have some really nice Stempunkesque weaponry. They also have fun personalities that kind of endear us to them. While not overally complicated, they do the job nicely. Guy Wilson is also great as Daniel, the young med student who works his way into joining the team against the Werewolf threat facing his village.

Where things start unravelling in the movie, is when it comes to the twists. Avoiding spoilers but one villain is kind of a let down as even though he has his reasons, they just ring a little hollow. The other villain becomes a villain about two thirds into the movie and it just left me scratching my god damn head why. His reason for becoming a villain seem stupid and the sudden revelation of his powers kind of come out of no where. It's an issue that could have people turning away from the movie.

Werewolf: The Beast Among Us is one of the better Werewolf movies out there. It's not a great movie but it is entertaining and has enough interesting characters for people to get behind. Some of the writing could annoy viewers but if you can overcome those faults i'm sure you'll walk away with a smile.

1 Full Moon out of 1
Fun is what this movie attempts. Fun is what it delivers.
0 Full Moons out of 1
While at first it seems to do an admirable job i'm not sure if the end game was really thought through.
0.5 Full Moons out of 1
Far from great, the actors still imbue the fun that the movie is trying to attain.
0.5 Full Moons out of 1 
Pretty standard.
0.5 Full Moons out of 1
You can tell the budget was low but they made the most out of what they had.

2.5 Full Moons out of 5
It's a Werewolf movie that delivers so that's impressive. Fun as all hell.

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