100 Bloody Acres (2013)
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100 Bloody Acres is as mercurial as its central character, breezily offbeat one moment, spattered in gonzo gore the next. It's as if the filmmakers ground the bits of other movies fine enough that it made a rich foundation for their own.
This is a smartly written and acted and exceptionally well-directed movie.
This fairly rote tale of rural ghouls and their passing-through prey has its own hick charm, mostly because of performers who never overplay their hands.
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A Funny and Twisted Dark Comedy. I ran across this movie while looking up information on the actor Angus Sampson, after I finished the second season of Fargo. I was impressed with his serious and somewhat viciously silent portrayal of Bear Gerhart, and wanted to look up a couple of his other films. I wasn't disappointed with '100 Bloody Acres, and is a great addition to the dark-comedy genre. The real gem in this film is the comedy duo of Reg and Lindsay Morgan; two bumbling bogan brothers who run their own fertilizer business in rural Australia. Damon Herriman plays the younger of the two (Reg) who only lives to impress his brother played by Angus Sampson. They have a strange relationship to say the least (some odd kissing scenes going on there too), but you definitely get the feeling that something is completely messed up with these guys from the get go. They play off each others' dialogue, action and mistakes so well, that it's easy to believe they're siblings just trying to make ends meet, but are so mental that they both suffer from the same disorder: severe stupidity. Sure the movie is fairly predictable throughout, and there is some absolutely terrible acting from the main trio who end up in trouble, but events unfold and there are some very funny and gross moments in this film. I credit Cameron and Colin Cairnes with some excellent comedic writing, and some pretty funny dialogue. Direction wise it's a short and sweet little film without too much going on. It's a very A to B plot line, and they didn't bother with any useless plot twists. The jokes are well timed, but few and far in between which resulted in a few dead scenes that were absolutely bothersome to get through. By the end of the film, they were definitely focusing on the dark and gory side of things. If you enjoy a twisted comedy then I would recommend this one. 3.5/5
It would be a disservice to say that 100 Bloody Acres surprised me; after all, a friend recommended I watch it. So I figured there was something there. It's an absurd movie, with an absurd plot, and absurd characters. And there isn't an ounce of horror in it, so if you're looking for a scare, look elsewhere. But it's so delightful in how it embraces its absurdness, and delivers funny moments without sacrificing on the gore aspect. The slow start is a bit difficult to get through, but does the important task of showcasing who the characters are and where they're going. Such that by the midway point you're less rooting for the "SPLASH ALL THE BLOOD!" aspect that you'd expect from a slasher-type movie, and more interested in how the characters respond and react to their situations. And that's cool. Most blood-fests ignore this side of the coin. So while the plot is kind of a muddled mess, 100 Bloody Acres manages to rise above and become something better.
I don't really have an idea of whether to give the film 2.5 or 3 stars. I did like the gore, there's some good moments of dark comedy, and the cast is perfectly solid. I did have some problems with the pacing of the film, I think it takes forever until it really gets going and even when it DOES get going, there's not really much it does to keep you intrigued. Perhaps intrigued is the wrong word, because I was interested in seeing where the film was going, It's just that it's a little slow in getting there. And this film isn't really that long to begin with, so that's certainly a problem I had with the film. The script is solid, full of plenty comedic moments and Reg's arc finally overcoming the abuse he's sustained from Lindsay since he was a kid was pretty good, if unimpressive. The film has some funny moments, for example when James and Sophie are arguing about Sophie's affair with Wes as James is tied up and has a tape over his mouth. It doesn't read that well, but it works well in execution. There are also some pretty gross moments involving cunnilingus with a 70+ year old woman. Out of all the gore, the blood, and the violence...the film's grossest moment is, by far, cunnilingus with a very old female. This definitely has its moments, but I think its slow pacing, which sometimes has a lot to do with your enjoyment of the film, keeps this film from reaching its full potential. Maybe if this was shorter, and this is short as it is, and the pacing was a little faster, then this film would've been much better. Despite the rating, I did have fun watching this film but I found it to be average at best. There's enough good stuff in here to make it worth watching and to keep your eyes on the directors that made this film, because they're already talented, it's just that their first feature film doesn't reach its full potential.
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