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BRAINLESS FLICK - QUENTIN TARANTINO, ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, AND JAMES RODAY COULD MAKE THIS A CLASSIC

  • Oct 28, 2010
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SKINWALKERS

Have you ever been real excited to see something and then once it was over you felt a little, eh. If you have had that feeling chances are you were watching this movie which actually is not a horrible film, but it could have been so much more. I will say from the start that I bought this movie when it first came out for one reason, James Roday was one of the writers. For those who for some reason don't know who he is, he plays the lead character of Sean on "PSYCH" on the USA network. I am a huge fan of the show and so when I found out about this I had to check it out, plus he is from San Antonio Texas [formerly my city as well]. So I put this in and was ready to be entertained and at least in the end it did that. Before I get into the movie you must first learn what a skinwalker is, and yes of course it is a werewolf.

The actual myth behind skin-walkers is from Native Americans who believed a skin-walker to be some one who had the ability to transform into any animal of his or her choosing. It is also believed by some that they can steal the skin or morph into the form of another person there is a lot more to this legend but I won't go into them right now [though I do recommend researching this subject, very interesting stuff]. This film is loosely based on this concept since it never really goes to much into all of that, and the only animal being transformed into are wolves. Still it is a very entertaining movie that is still kinda disappointing, I am confused as well.

This movie is all about two different kinds of werewolves literally coming down to bad ones vs good ones, yes it is that simple. It turns out that during a two or three day period the moon will shine red which sets into motion an ancient prophecy that says a child of both human and skinwalker [half breed] will change into something that can cure the skinwalker curse. Of course the "bad" ones don't want this because they look at it as a gift not a curse, while the "good" ones find it to be a curse. The prophecy is never really discussed and you never know why or how this came to be but what ever I guess. So the bad ones are off on the hunt to try to kill this 13 year boy before the final night of the red moon. So naturally the good ones are trying to keep him safe and on an interesting side note they can't feed on humans. They must be locked down every night because if they feed on humans they become bad werewolves, yes that really is what happens.

The movie boils down to a group of biker werewolves that are shooting towns up like crazy with all kinds of guns and explosions. Really this is an action film more so than anything else since a majority of the film is during the day with guns a blazin. This is great if you go into this knowing this is that type of film, those expecting a great horror film will be disappointed. This honestly would have been magnificent if it were to be done by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, a crazy werewolf biker shoot em up style flick a la "From Dusk Till Dawn" style. I must admit that the first half of this film is really entertaining and one of the must fun popcorn movies ever. But the last half of the movie suffers a little and goes back and forth to much in trying to decide what it wants to be. But the last scene or so sets up a possible sequel that if handled right could be great.

I read in an interview that James Roday was a little disappointed with how they treated the script, I guess the original script was based more so on the actual Indian belief then the final product let on. Still for what it is fellow screenwriters Todd Harthan and James DeMonaco as well as Roday have crafted a great over the top fun film. Still I wonder what this film was originally supposed to be like, could have been classic maybe. Changes may have been made by executive producer Robert Kulzer who produced similar films like the "Resident Evil" films. Director Jim Isaac who also directed and produced "Jason X" I believe did a great job as far as the action goes and shows that as a director he can make an entertaining flick and can keep things moving but at times the direction like in the last half seems to falter a bit.

Acting wise this is your typical b plot and type film and the acing follows suit. In fact as far as some of the cast goes and the style of this film it reminds me of the "Feast" series kinda, more so the last two then the first. Elias Koteas how ever does turn in a great performance as one would expect since the man is a great actor, and I also like the old woman how played the kids grandma. But I must say all of the actors did a good job with this type of flick and while some of the characters are kind of flat it still was entertaining.

Hey any movie were a gang of biker werewolves ride into a small country town and start shooting it all up and along with them the townspeople [old and young] start pulling out shotguns and such of their own and blast away is cool with me. This is far from a perfect movie and the last half does suffer this is still a very entertaining movie. And while the film makes no sense at all sometimes that is just what you need. Drinks, pizza and a brainless flick is all that is required to have good time in my house.

BRAINLESS FLICK - QUENTIN TARANTINO, ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, AND JAMES RODAY COULD MAKE THIS A CLASSIC BRAINLESS FLICK - QUENTIN TARANTINO, ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, AND JAMES RODAY COULD MAKE THIS A CLASSIC BRAINLESS FLICK - QUENTIN TARANTINO, ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, AND JAMES RODAY COULD MAKE THIS A CLASSIC BRAINLESS FLICK - QUENTIN TARANTINO, ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, AND JAMES RODAY COULD MAKE THIS A CLASSIC BRAINLESS FLICK - QUENTIN TARANTINO, ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, AND JAMES RODAY COULD MAKE THIS A CLASSIC BRAINLESS FLICK - QUENTIN TARANTINO, ROBERT RODRIGUEZ, AND JAMES RODAY COULD MAKE THIS A CLASSIC

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October 29, 2010
This proved very disappointing to me--either it wanted to take the exploitive route or the cool ala-Underworld route, I thought this movie lost a lot of its momentum after that gunfight. I also was disappointed with the fact that it took the title SKINWALKERS and then made it into a simple werewolf flick--shapeshifters would've been better.
February 19, 2011
Yeah this could have been really good
 
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Genre: Horror, Action, Adventure
Release Date: August 10, 2007
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 50min
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