Posted on 2/14/10 11:29 AM
A movie that attempts to explain and demonstrate both the origins of the werewolf and how its curse spreads from one person to another.
Instead of saving these points for perhaps a final dramatic "revelation" or "surprising twist", these ideas are laid out in a nonchalant, ordinary manner that is neither surprising nor amazing. The appearance of Gollum from Lord of the Rings is especially troubling.
The love story seems forced and contrived; the only real tension is between the son, the father, and the investigator. While these three actors (Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving) do their best trying to save the muddled flow of the movie, ultimately the entire project fails to deliver any meaningful suspense or drama.
Speaking of which, the audience is not given a single victim of the massive violence that they would be remotely concerned about, which, given the high body count, is actually quite a remarkable feat.
The only merits of the movie are the relatively high production values of the CGI action and backgrounds, such as the climax between two werewolves and the moon sequences. But even the climax leaves something to be desired...that sticky feeling in your mouth after drinking a warm can of flat diet soda.