Open Graves Reviews
Okay, so I like the concept as long as it?s not overdone. ?Jumanji? and ?Zathura? are family films, and I don?t know of any other horror films that play on the killer board game concept, so there may be a market for one. I am always on the hunt for something different than a remake or reboot, so in that regard I was excited for a while. That?s the good news.
Now for the bad news. The production values, particularly the bad CGI, are atrocious and look like a student film on Youtube. Still, this could have been forgivable had it not been for one of the worst and most ridiculous climaxes I have seen in a long time.
The characters are idiotic in their actions and decisions, and the big reveal at the end was so silly I burst out laughing.
In summary, a great concept is wasted on HORRIBLE production values, idiotic plot conventions, and pointless and irrelevant backstory.
Director: Álvaro de Armiñán
A group of 20-somethings (Dushku, Rains, Rivelli, Robba, and Vogel) working and surfing in Spain fall victim to a powerful and deadly curse after they play a board game made from the bones of a witch.
If you've seen the classic movie "Jumanji", you know the basic premise of this film. You've also seen that premise used far more effectively. Heck, you've even seen more intense and frightening scenes than what you'll get in this horror movie.
"Open Graves" features a script so weak and predictable that I wonder why it was made as an R-rated film. Anyone who has seen even one other film featuring a cursed object will be able to guess where the film is going, up to and including the ending, so the only audience who would have enjoyed this picture would have been young kids. Everyone else will grow increasingly bored as this movie unfolds and brings nothing new. (There is a creepy little twist involving Eliza Dushku's character toward the end of the film, but it's so minor so as to be a reach for me to even mention it as a positive aspect of the film. I suppose the subplot involving a police detective with a dark agenda is also unpredictable... but only because it ends without any particular resolution. Not a Good Thing.)
Of course, it doesn't help the overall weakness of the material that the actors appear to have been cast mostly for their good looks than their talent. They add more attractiveness to this already beautiful-looking film, but they ultimately also help emphasize the emptiness and unoriginality of the script, because there is little or no life to their characters. The exception to that general statement are Dushku and Vogel, who bring enough charisma to their characters that we care a little about what will happen to them... but for all but the most entertainment-starved captive audience that's not enough to make it feel like watching this film was time well spent.
A maddening horror tale that makes little sense on its journey to annoyance. It several moments of unintentional laughs only makes the plot that much more forgettable.
Mike Vogel stars as a young man vacationing in Europe with friends. While there he is given a game that holds an ancient evil. If you lose in the game you lose your life. If you win the game you are granted any wish. At first the game isn't taken too serious, but the friends start dying..one by one.
The plot is silly and poor Mike Vogel and Eliza Dushku look stranded on a sinking ship. The terrible resolution makes only reaffirms the time wasted..
Eliza Dushku stars as one of the main characters, and does a decent job, and the movie has a solid sense of pacing. I am now out of nice things to say.
What a mess. The special effects are bad, really bad. The editing is frantic and most scenes tend to end on odd notes. The music is bland, and doesn't add much of anything. The deaths were boring, and the twist ending was terrible.
Boring with nothing new to say.