Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wolf Town - Review - @BrandonCSites

Wolf Town (2011) **
D: John Rebel
C: Levi Fiehler, Alicia Ziegler, Josh Kelly, Max Adler
P: A group of college kids find themselves stranded in the middle of a ghost town by a pack of hungry wolves with almost supernatural like powers. 

On paper, Wolf Town probably seemed like a good idea. The film combines elements of action and horror. There is a message about man's role in destroying the natural habitats of animals and those animals (in this case - wolves) fighting back to claim their turf. The film features a cast of up and coming talent. All that sounds promising so far.

Then comes the film's first chase sequence. And then there's a bunch more chase sequences. None of them are particularly suspenseful. Scenes showing the wolves interacting with the human characters are poorly staged and poorly put together. As for the human characters, they are in a desperate situation, trapped in a corner for most of the film's running time, but that feeling of desperateness or claustrophobia never comes across.  

Film editing has often been referred to as an invisible art, because when it's well-practiced, the viewer can become so engaged that he or she is not even aware of the editor's work. However, when a film is poorly edited, it is all too apparent. Due to choppy editing, the various scenarios in Wolf Town never fully develop and never have the impact that they could have had. [Not Rated] 85 mins.

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