(us) wrote: The whole idea for the plot really surprised me, hence, making this a very captivating film to watch. I was annoyed during the middle when Goodwin refuse to tell Colter what happened to him, therefore, Colter had to find out himself within the source code, wasting precious time. But I guess that is part of character development and to avoid revealing Colter's true form. I really enjoyed the movie, though I am displeased at the attempt to create a happy ending because I think it violates logical sense. If the end continued on living in the world of the source code, what happened to Sean, the body Captain Colter Stevens is in?
(fr) wrote: Wolfen It was spring of May 2012 and the last chance to feel the beautiful moist air was almost over. The spring morning sickness was starting to wane, for the hideous and vengeful goddess of summer came was around the corner. However, the cruel and burning sun was on my mind because my head was somewhere else: school and graduation with an Associate(TM)s Degree. One class in particular was on the borderline between A and B. The class was for contemporary film with theme of diversity. I saw great films like The Joyluck Club, the tragic Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and the delightful/tragic La Bamba. There was a chance for extra credit by choosing a film with a theme on diversity. There were several films I had seen including the disappointing Red Tails. Looking at the options, I chose an unlikely film called Wolfen because it was mixed the theme of diversity and an unusual genre. Wolfen is a horror film and represents the Native Americans, but not in the manner we have seen in the past films. Released in 1981, it was one of the werewolf films with subtext meaning to it, alongside was The Howling (wolves and werewolves in popular culture) and An American Werewolf in London (puberty). However, Wolfen(TM)s primary focus was on ideas with a philosophical riddle or moral/nature allegory to it as teamed the wolves and Indians together surrounded in mystery. However, none of the Native Americans could be the main character. It is a beautiful night in New York City where we see three people in a park. One of them is high profiled person and his girlfriend with a tough Haitian bodyguard. The two are having a romantic date while the guard is watching. He is tought and armed, but something is lurking in the shadow. This thing is advanced because we see through its perspective because it is stalking its prey from angles. We get chance to relax before boom! I mean snap! Limbs fly and splash of blood and all three people are brutally murdered. Morning, sun has risen and cops are everywhere. A phone rings and retired Captain Dewey (Albert Finney) answers and is then sent back to work on the grisly murdered couple and bodyguard. He is baffled when he learns from coroner Whittington (Gregory Hines) that there is no possible weapon to match the damage the victim suffered. Domestic terrorism is suspected which several people are questioned. He is partnered with a criminal psychologist Rebecca (Diane Venora). However, Dewey(TM)s looks into another path pointing to a Native America, former activist and militant, Eddie Holt (Edward James Olmos). The meeting puzzles Dewey because Eddie talks to him about shape shifting which earlier in a scene Dewey receives word that the culprit may be a wolf. He starts connecting the idea between grisly murders in South Bronx (looking like a Beirut) and the murder of a high profile person are all connected with mythology. Not ready to quit, Dewey decides to follow certain people of interest before going hunting. Will he succeed and discover the truth about the murders or will he become puppy show. Wolfen is very intricate to interpret because it is not the usual horror film especially in the time it was released. Slasher films were all the hype with the prestigious Friday the 13 and Halloween to dreadfully slow Don(TM)t Go in the House and Silent Scream to the utterly inept Prom Night. Yet, Wolfen was released before resurgence of werewolves in popular media led by American Werewolf in London and the Howling. Yet, what separates Wolfen from those two films are no onscreen transformation and it gives a voice (rare in horror film!) to the long and forgotten Native Americans. Based on the novel by Whitley Strieber, its director Michael Wadleigh (Woodstock) has suggested (in Fangoria) that this film was a political thriller, a thinking man(TM)s film. I was skeptical, so I analyzed it for simple clues. I manage to succeed in what Wadleigh was stating Wolfen. I have written about this although it contains a few spoilers, so I have to tell you what I thought about it. Wolfen is a very interesting film because not only are the plot, subtexts, and characters good, but it makes you think. Is there a threat out there that we not only know of, but is the answer to all the disappearances? Albert Finney is fine here as mumbles his lines like a drunk. He even has hair for it. Supporting cast is pretty good here with comic relief of Hines and Venora. Yet, Olmos steals the spotlight and is absolutely fantastic as the antagonist. The suspense kept was above average thanks to the mysteries provided here with a climax and ending I really did not expect. As oppose to using special effect to see transformation, Wolfen never falls into that gimmick. Instead, we are given real wolves! They are angry and ferocious. The shots of the wolves are pretty magnificent. The film has nice screen shots of the wolf(TM)s perspective using infrared. The location is excellent as well the shooting. There were several problems watching this film like pacing in the beginning. It took me awhile to get ahold of Dewey and some of the problem was the volume. It was pretty low and had to turn up the volume pretty high to get what the characters where saying. Luckily, the problem did not burden the film. Other than that, the DVD is pretty much fine product to rent or buy if you are crazy enough. The overall important thing is to watch Wolfen. It is a really interesting thing film with ideas about a creature superb than humans. Now, the following paragraph will talk about the subtext and comments the film may have. There are a few spoilers. The complexity of Wolfen and being a representation to Native Americans was not quite easy. The Indians and wolves share body and spirit which allows the Natives to shape shift into a wolf. First, one has to wonder how wolves and Indians managed to team up together. Well, look back in history and one will learned that the first settlers of New York where the Dutch. Okay? The Dutch would be very frightened by wolves thanks to the mythologies they had in Europe. They saw them as violent and evil, but very intelligent. Meanwhile, they probably saw the Native Americans as subhuman and rejected the idea that they were human at all. This view managed to be carried out through history as politicians depict in a negative view that would lead to massacres and depletion of not only entire population, but destruction of the environment.Hollywood would then arrive and exploit the theme of Indians as evil and savages, but in doing so they manage to belittle them like the Dutch have. The tables are then turned when Eddie and Old man tell Dewey that we (society) are the savages?. This revelation comes to the explanation about the grisly murders in the Bronx when a beat up Dewey makes his way in a bar inhabited by Indians. It is acknowledge about murders, but justified only as a matter to survive by eating the people that will not be remembered by society: winos, drug abusers, homeless, outcast, and so forth. I guess this is a side-effect of the Wolfen. Yet, does it make them villains for acting out as nature intended them meanwhile society has abandoned these types of people living in the South Bronx, hunting location. The motive over a high class person is also revealed. It is very similar to the history of the Natives when settlers began to cross the plains and would kill their buffalo out of game. One of the film(TM)s subtext involves government vs. corporate which Dewy represents the government. You sympathize with him as oppose to the private security that handles the investigation. Yet, one scene is very symbolic involving Albert and the cool hip African American sidekick Whittington. Both are armed with two M-16 rifles, one with a scope the other with night vision. They are going to silence someone using an abandoned building. I cannot help to thin the government has committed actions like this towards political activist and protest. This film is a step above in the portrayal of Native American because it has them in other roles like steel construction workers. Compared to the other films film, you get an alternative glimpse of the surviving Native trying to make a living in New York as oppose to other film where they are attacking innocent settlers and their covered wagon. Yet, you still see some of the traditions they have like Eddie doing a ritual on top of the Brooklyn Bridge and the other the Natives having long hair to reflect their identity. Also, they provide a lot about the mysticism surrounding nature allegory and suspense that ends the film in a victory for them and their wolves and Wolfen as it show they will survive in the future while Albert does a narration. One thing I found a fault was that Wolfen was around longer than Christianity. The problem is wouldn(TM)t the Natives have transformed into Wolfen to scare off and easily wipeout the settlers as they did to tough Haitian bodyguard?Summer heat arrived early. I manage to get an A in all my classes. My statement and paper on this film was accepted and credited. Graduation day was a week away as I held my breath to shout "Victoria!" (Victory)
(br) wrote: Very true to the source material, and a great launch to a good franchise, director Chris Columbus helped author J.K. Rowling bring her work of art roaring with magic and life to the big screen, and has left a great legacy touching the hearts of billions of people ever since!
(gb) wrote: Simply put, it's campy, stylish, explosive, and tons of fun. One of Van Damme's best, elevated further by having him up against a pair of ruthless, charismatic villains.