Wasted Wednesday

Wer (2013) – Werewolf fans delight!

There are a few quality Werewolf movies out there (feel free to sound off on your favorites in the comments) and there are more than a few …less than quality Werewolf movies. As in, I’d rather drag my balls through broken glass, quality (*COUGH*TEAMJACOB*COUGH*) – and Wer fits solidly somewhere in the middle. Not balls-draggingly painful, and not quite stellar; its a fun watch, that while thoroughly predictable has several brilliant moments that make it worth your time (just bring a few beers and buds for company).

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SYNOPSIS

Defense Attorney A.J. Cook (played by Kate Moore) takes on the case of Talan Gwynek, a man suspected of brutally murdering a vacationing family in the French wilderness. The more she learns of Talan, the more she convinces herself of his innocence, centered on a devious plot within the police force to wrest the Gwynek’s land from them (beginning with the suspect death of Talan’s father).

Cook brings in esteemed animal specialist Gavin Flemyng (played by Simon Quarterman) to analyze the victims and hopefully prove no human could be capable of such vicious attacks.

(SPOILERS, HIGHLIGHT TO VIEW) Quickly Cook learns that while she is right about him being infected with a disease known as Porphyria, her hypothesis that this disease would render him completely incapable of movement (let alone attacking a family) is quickly and really fucking violently disproved. 

Following Talan’s wonderfully gorey escape from the hospital, we watch as Gavin grows sicker by the day following a bite, courtesy of our resident Lycanthrope extraordinaire.

The finale, a showdown of goddamn EPIC proportions, has to be seen to be truly appreciated.

Wrong neighborhood, muthafucka

Wrong neighborhood, muthafucka

BACCHUS’ BACCHANAL-ISTICS

Nudity

– Alas, none 😦

Gore/Effects

– Whatever this film lacked in nudity it is absolutely made up for in gore. Wonderful special effects (especially the two transformations) and some jaw dropping (or should I say RIPPING) deaths that’ll have you panting for more

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Panting! Get it?! Like a dog?…or a wolf…? I’ll see myself out

Performances

– Simon. Fucking. Quarterman. All the damn way…I was totally on the fence until the final third of the movie, where he brings home his performance with the force of an 18 wheeler. Stunning.

The rest of the cast filled in where they needed to – Kate Moore was completely believable, Vik Sahay (as Eric Sarin) was a great foil, and Sebastian Roche as the adversarial Detective was brilliant, when I wasn’t confusing him with Gordon Ramsay.

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I mean…COME ON

CONCLUSIONS

Viewed as a composite piece, Wer is an incredibly solid film. Only twice in the movie is the word Werewolf even used, and the slightly more practical approach taken to the ages old myth is refreshing. That being said, I was only caught off guard/surprised by a few moments (namely Gavin’s transformation) – the rest of the movie is sadly predictable and almost plodding in parts. There was a moment involving a bear that served as a minor distraction at best, but ultimately felt like filler – scenes like that are what ultimately pulls the score down.

and that makes werewolf victims saaaaaad.....

and that makes werewolf victims saaaaaad…..

Aside from the slightly clumsy storytelling, the execution is absolutely brilliant. Coming from the folks behind The Devil Inside (also a great movie if you’re in the mood for an exorcism flick) I’d have expected nothing less.

TL;DR 7/10. Should you watch it? Yes. Especially if you’re a fan of Werewolves. Just prepare your expectations accordingly.

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3 replies »

  1. I like a good Werewolf flick for sure, & the fucking trailer does look great. Good CGI helps immensely with the transformations these days, THE HOWLING (the original, not the 4 sequels) was very good, followed by AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981), (A brilliant remake of the 1935 film), Jack Nicholson in WOLF (1994), DOG SOLDIERS (2002), several of the UNDERWORLD flicks, even Benecio Del Toro in THE WOLFMAN (2010), & the Oliver Reed white furred beast in the Hammer film.

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