Big bad wolves

Big bad wolves

DVD - 2014 | Hebrew
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A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings; a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2014]
Branch Call Number: DVD F BIG Hebrew
Characteristics: digital, optical, rda
video file, DVD video, rda


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Jan 13, 2015

Seriously twisted movie with a current of macabre humour that is deliberately unsettling--perhaps the film would have been too intense without it. Recommended.

Sep 21, 2014

Directors Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales are in tremendous debt to Quentin Tarantino, whose hyperbolic proclamations of Big Bad Wolves ' supremacy are the only reason it's found such a wide audience. It's no shock Tarantino has found great appeal in this film, because despite making great movies, the man frequently falls for films that execute style over substance, a flaw Big Bad Wolves has many encounters with, and tragically falls to.

The film is a psychological thriller, that sets up the story of a series of brutal murders targeting young girls. After a mentally unstable father's daughter is found having suffered the same fate as the others, the man sets out to execute revenge. With the assistance of an ex-police detective, they abduct the primary suspect and threaten to commit the same elaborate process of death to which he has inflicted upon the girls. Finger by finger, toe by toe until they arrive at the head they intend to torture him until he confesses where he has hid the latest victim's head. Don't expect anything sweet from Big Bad Wolves .

Do the pair of Israeli directors mistake the audience for the sadistic father who spearheads the film's events? The viewer is treated as though they should be deriving entertainment and amusement from brutal and relentless acts of torture. Big Bad Wolves tries to pass itself off as both a thriller and a comedy, which simply does not suit the subject matter of young girls being raped and murdered. Perhaps the ineffective genre blend was a forgivable error, but the sheer disrespect demonstrated by the directors towards the viewers is not something that can be instantly forgotten.

Strictly in terms of plot, a similar film to Big Bad Wolves is last year's Prisoners . Both films detail a brutal struggle outside the law to apprehend murderers of innocent girls. What separates the two films are vastly opposing methods of directorial execution. Prisoners demands to be taken seriously, even when ludicrous plot points are tossed at the viewer. But Big Bad Wolves asks that depravity be taken lightly, which in the end, is the greater flaw.

While neither of the films are able to carry their own weight, they manage to transmit an unnerving sense of suspense, no matter how illogical the story becomes. We are willing to expand our disbelief for the duration of the runtime, but are struck by the utter stupidity in retrospect. In Big Bad Wolves , characters act as moronically as possible. They don't seem like people, but more like puppets used to conduct a series of thrills. They dodge reasonable resolution so more juice can be squeezed out of the story. But then again, these are flaws that latch onto every average action film to hit mainstream cinemas, so why devote such attention to criticizing an indie film for mainstream flaws? Perhaps I expected more due to the heavy subject matter or just saw a hint of a good movie beneath the rubble.

In the most basic levels of filmmaking, Big Bad Wolves is adequately executed. The three leads fit their roles, but never exhibit anything extraordinary. The cinematography from Giora Bejach is perhaps the most striking virtue of all. The photography crafts the dark and mysterious atmosphere with a couple of very memorable shots. But Big Bad Wolves is ethically repulsive, as if directed by a sadist. These days, when violence is such a popular vehicle for entertainment, one has no choice but to take a deep sigh and pop in Casablanca -- a film to help recall a more innocent time for movies.

May 18, 2014

One of the better foreign films I have watched this year. Dark humor with darker plot. Ending is a twist.


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