A Movie to Get Your
by Johnny Bray
Hey, what's eating
these guys? Or rather, who?
Ravenous, which sucked
at the box office, is all about cannibalism. The movie centers around
an apparent Indian legend that says if you eat another human, you consume
their soul, and gain their strength.
If that's the case,
then I could use a big ol' "Stew o' Schwarzenegger" right about
What the legend neglects
to tell you, is that once you've tasted the flesh of man, you just can't
get enough. The phrase 'you are what you eat', takes on a completely new
meaning when you watch this movie.
Guy Pearce is, apparently,
the lead actor, but until the last half hour, he only has about five lines,
and even them he speaks with absolutely no enthusiasm. He plays the cowardly
Capt. John Boyd, a typical army guy who accidentally chickens out in the
middle of a battle and causes the deaths of most of his regimen. Then,
to top it all off, he plays dead, and gets buried under a whole mound
of dead guys. He even has a half shot-off head dripping blood on his face.
Sounds like an exciting
Saturday night, doesn't it?
Anyway, I don't want
to give away the plot, so I'll just tell you that the best part of the
movie is Robert Carlyle (you'd probably know him best from The Full Monty),
although he only does about a half-Monty in this one. He plays the villain
and goes from being a starving Scot to a psychotic cannibal, then to a
normal army dude and to a psychotic cannibal. He steals every scene he's
in (he's just a phenomenal actor), especially when he's in a scene with
Maybe I'm being unfair
to Pearce, because he does a pretty good job in the last five minutes
of the movie, when he goes from becoming a cowardly half-assed cannibal,
to finally becoming the hero. He' has the look, the walk, and the overall
style of a movie hero, and I'm thinkin' this wasn't the best role to cast
him in (he probably fired that agent pretty quickly!).
Also in the movie
are Jeremy Davies, Jeffrey Jones, Neal McDonough, and David Arquette.
Honestly, I don't even know why Arquette was in this movie, his role is
so minuscule and pathetic that, with his fame, it's almost embarrassing
to say you've heard of him.
Now that I'm done
trashing it, I will tell you that the movie isn't all that bad. Sure,
it has some problems, but with all the gore you forget all about it. Ladies,
I'm sorry, but you're probably not gonna have a lot of fun with this one.
Definitely not an
Oscar contender, Ravenous is nothing more than a violent action flick
that was poorly cast, except for Carlyle of course. It's not bad to see
but only once.
As a DVD, Ravenous
follows Fox's (and others') tradition of defaulting to Dolby Pro Logic
instead of Dolby Digital, though the digital soundtrack is there for the
taking. The audio and the widescreen picture quality are first rate.
Extras include the
usual theatrical trailer, plus a TV commercial. There are also deleted
scenes, production stills and three (count 'em) separate audio commentaries:
one with the director and composers; one featuring actor Robert Carlyle,
and one with writer Ted Griffin and actor Jeffery Jones.
"Eat to live.
Don't live to eat." -Ben Franklin
from 20th Century Fox Home Video
103 minutes, widescreen (2.35:1), Dolby Digital
starring Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Davies, Jeffrey Jones, ,David
Screenplay by Ted Griffin, Directed by Antonia Bird.
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