Thursday, December 3, 2015

Unnatural - Review - @BrandonCSites


Unnatural (2015) **
D: Hank Braxtan
C: James Remar, Sherilyn Fenn, Ray Wise, Ron Carlson, Graham Greene, Allegra Carpenter, Ivana Korab, Q'orianka Kilcher, Stephanie Hodes, Gregory Cruz

Plot Synopsis: Global climate change prompts a scientific corporation to genetically modify Alaskan polar bears with horrific and deadly results.

Review: Unnatural takes a fairly straight forward approach to its premise involving a genetically modified polar bear killing people in an isolated winter lodge. Pretty early on, the characters realize what's going on, so they retreat back to a winter lodge to await the arrival of a plane that's supposed to pick them up. We watch as the characters wait and wait ....and then wait some more. Eventually, one character goes out looking for help. Guess what happens next?

Then the characters wait and wait ....and wait again. Then another character goes out looking for help. Guess what happens ...yet again? If a plane is supposed to be on the way, why are these characters even trekking outside? You would think that the characters would be smart enough to stay put in this winter lodge after one person winds up dead. However, since this is a horror movie and it needs a body count, characters have to wander alone so that the polar bear can kill them.

Thrown into the mix are some veteran cast members. For example, there's Sherilyn Fenn who turned in a memorable performance in Boxing Helena as a woman with a heart made of ice. She plays a scientist in Unnatural. When we think of scientists in horror movies, we think of characters with a detached manner, devoid of human emotions, driven by scientific evidence. Wouldn't this have been a prime opportunity to exploit that icy demeanor that Fenn showcased in Boxing Helena? Instead, after making a few scientific statements, Fenn is reduced to waiting and running around like all the other characters.

And then there's the antagonist, a killer polar bear that's been spliced with wolf DNA! The possibilities were endless, but instead the bear dispatches of characters, on que, whenever they wander alone. The bear isn't given anything innovative, humorous, remotely suspenseful or tantalizingly violent to do.

When writing this review, I couldn't help looking up director Hank Braxtan's filmography. His first film was a short entitled Freddy vs Ghostbusters (as in Freddy Krueger). Talk about one hell of a concept! With Unnatural, he has one hell of a concept, one hell of a cast and one hell of a villain. And they've all been reduced to something generic and by the numbers. [R] 89 minutes. 

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3 comments:

  1. Nice review. I agree. It was totally unspecial and even outright laughable in a few parts--the critical parts!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to read this review and comment. Appreciate it!

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  2. you could have just said shittiest movie of all time and would have been spot on.

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