Howl (2015) **
D: Paul Hyett
C: Ed Speleers, Elliot Cowan, Holly Weston, Sam Gittins, Shauna Macdonald, Amit Shah, Ania Marson, Rosie Day, Duncan Preston, Sean Pertwee, Calvin Dean, Brett Goldstein,
Plot Synopsis: When passengers on a train are attacked by a creature, they must band together in order to survive until morning.
-The werewolf effects are above average.
-There's some jabs at how the passengers treat the employees working on the train.
-There's a few moments of suspense.
-We've all seen this type of film a million times and we'll see it a million more times. A group of people are trapped in an isolated setting where they're threatened by an evil force.
This time around, the setting is a train that's stuck in the middle of nowhere and the evil force is a tribe of werewolves. It's a generic premise that Howl doesn't do anything particularly memorable or distinctive with.
-While the werewolf effects are above average, they don't leave any kind of lasting impression.
-While there is some humor, it's nothing outside of the obvious or that makes any kind of pointed statement.
-While there's some suspense, there's not one single stand out moment of anticipation, dread or horror.
-While the characters aren't annoying, there's nothing that made me feel interested or compelled by them either.
Overall: This is a paint by the numbers type film. The spaces have been filled in adequately, but no one thought to bring anything imaginative or fresh to the proceedings.
[Not Rated] 89 minutes.
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