I wasn't going to review this (saw it over the weekend) but am reading so much emotional response to it I thought I'd at least get my few cents in.
This is a Sasquatch movie. It's not Lord Of The Rings. The biggest rips seem to be on story line. Sorry, it's no worse a story line than, say, Predator (military goes into jungle, gets set up and runs from Alien hunting them) or any other film of its kind so lets get that out of the way. They are not doing Shakspeare here, but then again.... It's a Sasquatch movie.
So, I for one had zero problems with the characters. In fact, I thought each one had their own personality and for the most part an arc (SPOILERS):
Bad guy leader redeems himself through a surrogate father.
Wana-Be hero gets an opportunity to be one before he dies.
Insecure bad boy does selfless act for a female he mistreats.
Old war hero sheriff is treated like he should "stay home" but ends up being one of the most durable.
Bigfoot fanatic haunted by the ghost about what his wife saw when she died finds peace.
Female on the run from a bad relationship faces up to another bad relationship during her plight and can move on with her life.
Look, my point is, when people want to rip on "paper mache" characters, they really better be. What is funny is that there is probably ten times the character development in this than in any of these Sci Fi type of films I see. In fact, it is more about the people than the monster which is very unusual in these films. Watch Sabretooth or Chupucabra, etc. and tell me they spent more time on the characters. Granted, it's not The Big Chill or a John Casavettes film but.... It's a Sasquatch movie.
The acting is obviously above average too. In fact, most of these actors I have seen working before so it is not a cast of nobodies. Henriksen, Wasson, Vincent, Worth and Tim Thomerson are all professionals and no slouches. The rest of them I have seen in other films but not so sure of their names. All were believable and funny (it wasn't a brooding group of dramatic camera muggers). No Oscars coming here but.... It's a Sasquatch movie.
The directing was WAY above par than most of these other Sci Fi films. Lets pick any of them on this budget level: Komodo, Abominable, Frankenfish, Slayer, Sasquatch Hunters, Boa, etc., etc. Very few have a style. The scene usually has a master and a bunch of close ups over and over again. Very TV. The look and color of this film gave it a moody feel and it worked for me. The hand-held stuff was not over done (like on so many TV shows these days) and it had a good pace considering it was a very non-action oriented kind of film. Monroe has done a fine job here with what they are doing. And what is it..... That's right...A sasquatch movie.
Look, I just felt it needed to be said as I hate when I read reviews by people that seem more interested in reading their own words than giving an honest opinion of the film. It's a creature movie that takes some risks. They don't all work, but then I suppose the movie was not a multi million dollar film where they had lots of time or money. I feel the characters are more interesting than not in this film. The acting is professional and not amateur. The story is what it is and if you are expecting something else don't watch it. I can see where gore hounds would not like it as there is very little blood. The film is more about the characters than the creature so be ready for that as well. But I would pick it over most of the movies on Sci Fi or direct to video. Someone below was criticizing the clothes, but of course they also admit they are a costumer. So, "normal" people like me would never notice anything like that in a hundred years, so maybe best not to use that for a point of contention. I could be a boxer and point out the way the British guy threw a punch was totally wrong. But I doubt that means much, you know...
So, I am giving it an 8 on the scale of what it is: an independent creature feature. Its funny when it's supposed to be, has some good acting, good music and does it's job. And the creature, which I like, is kept in the shadows. And the ending is more an emotional one that wraps up everyone than the typical bomb thrown at the feet of the monster and as it blows up the male and female kiss and the credits roll....
Remember folks... It's a Sasquatch movie.
Action / Adventure / Horror
Action / Adventure / Horror
A lonely tow-truck driver gets caught in a deadly struggle between a pair of bank robbers with a beautiful hostage, local cops, and a monster that has come down from the Arizona mountains to eat human flesh. —Sci-Fi Channel
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September 02, 2021 at 02:11 AM