Of Unknown Origin Reviews

  • Jul 02, 2018

    Pretty awesome movie. It's more of a character study than just a simple man vs rat movie. Peter Weller is great in it, and it's impressive watching him go slowly mad, as he sheds his reliance on material gains in his hunt for this disgusting vermin.

    Pretty awesome movie. It's more of a character study than just a simple man vs rat movie. Peter Weller is great in it, and it's impressive watching him go slowly mad, as he sheds his reliance on material gains in his hunt for this disgusting vermin.

  • May 07, 2017

    Entertainingly offbeat horror film has banker Peter Weller, in his first leading role, being driven insane by a particularly clever and destructive rat. Weller seems to slowly lose his sanity in his obsessive quest to kill the vermin and ends up destroying his apartment in the process. Directed by George P. Cosmatos ("Cobra" and "Tombstone"), this film is slickly made and visually arresting, though I'm not quite sure if Cosmatos saw this film as a psychological horror film along the lines of "Repulsion" or "The Tenant," but this film definitely seems much closer to "Willard." Still, I enjoyed "Willard" and I enjoyed this film as well.

    Entertainingly offbeat horror film has banker Peter Weller, in his first leading role, being driven insane by a particularly clever and destructive rat. Weller seems to slowly lose his sanity in his obsessive quest to kill the vermin and ends up destroying his apartment in the process. Directed by George P. Cosmatos ("Cobra" and "Tombstone"), this film is slickly made and visually arresting, though I'm not quite sure if Cosmatos saw this film as a psychological horror film along the lines of "Repulsion" or "The Tenant," but this film definitely seems much closer to "Willard." Still, I enjoyed "Willard" and I enjoyed this film as well.

  • Oct 26, 2016

    No me gustó, no la terminé de ver, es matar una rata por el solo hecho de ser rata, en realidad no era nada más y ese tipo de películas no me gustan.

    No me gustó, no la terminé de ver, es matar una rata por el solo hecho de ser rata, en realidad no era nada más y ese tipo de películas no me gustan.

  • Mar 25, 2016

    I don't know that I've ever rooted for a man over an animal as hard as I did while watching this!

    I don't know that I've ever rooted for a man over an animal as hard as I did while watching this!

  • Apr 14, 2015

    Entertaining performance by Weller; locked in an obsessive, escalating war with a rat in his home. Not really a horror film, even unintentionally funny in parts.

    Entertaining performance by Weller; locked in an obsessive, escalating war with a rat in his home. Not really a horror film, even unintentionally funny in parts.

  • Nov 03, 2014

    Killer animal movies have been a staple of the horror genre almost since the genre began, but "Of Unknown Origin" offers up its own unique twist on that theme with star Peter Weller going mano a mano with a giant killer rat. In that respect, it's almost the "Die Hard" of killer rate movies with some better-than-average writing for a movie of this nature. Weller is the glue that holds it all together, giving yet another one of his trademark quirky performances. His slow descent into madness is a lot of fun to watch as the battle intensifies, but the built-up is admittedly sluggish and filled with a lot of unnecessary plot developments. George P. Cosmatos is something of a hack director and you can't help but think a more skilled filmmaker could have made this something even better. Still, the special effects are quite good, and credit must be given to the film for generating a lot of genuine suspense without much blood or gore. The rat is quite convincing and definitely revolting when it needs to be. Also a lot of fun is the final showdown as Weller systematically destroys the home he so lovingly created as his descent comes full circle, but you certainly feel like things are wrapped up too abruptly. Despite a few minor complaints, "Of Unknown Origin" is a clever cat and mouse thriller in the truest sense of the words, a smart horror film that doesn't quite fit into the genre, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. It has its own distinctive style, with a flair all its own but at the same time lacking a real punch to take it to the top.

    Killer animal movies have been a staple of the horror genre almost since the genre began, but "Of Unknown Origin" offers up its own unique twist on that theme with star Peter Weller going mano a mano with a giant killer rat. In that respect, it's almost the "Die Hard" of killer rate movies with some better-than-average writing for a movie of this nature. Weller is the glue that holds it all together, giving yet another one of his trademark quirky performances. His slow descent into madness is a lot of fun to watch as the battle intensifies, but the built-up is admittedly sluggish and filled with a lot of unnecessary plot developments. George P. Cosmatos is something of a hack director and you can't help but think a more skilled filmmaker could have made this something even better. Still, the special effects are quite good, and credit must be given to the film for generating a lot of genuine suspense without much blood or gore. The rat is quite convincing and definitely revolting when it needs to be. Also a lot of fun is the final showdown as Weller systematically destroys the home he so lovingly created as his descent comes full circle, but you certainly feel like things are wrapped up too abruptly. Despite a few minor complaints, "Of Unknown Origin" is a clever cat and mouse thriller in the truest sense of the words, a smart horror film that doesn't quite fit into the genre, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. It has its own distinctive style, with a flair all its own but at the same time lacking a real punch to take it to the top.

  • Aug 14, 2014

    A Unknown movie gem. Of Unknown Origin is a surprisingly entertaining, but a peculiar movie. The story pits a Lawyer (Hughes) against a rat. (I know the joke which one is the bad guy?) A creepy feeling is created by the director as the rat invades the protagonist's home, and eventually his personal life. A feeling of violation is present! The rat's infestation is a slow burn with scratches in the wall, and picks up momentum as the carnage worsens. Hughes character (Peter Weller) is slowly driven to the brink. Who will out last who? Well acted and directed. I give Of Unknown Origin a 3 out of 5 in the creep meter.

    A Unknown movie gem. Of Unknown Origin is a surprisingly entertaining, but a peculiar movie. The story pits a Lawyer (Hughes) against a rat. (I know the joke which one is the bad guy?) A creepy feeling is created by the director as the rat invades the protagonist's home, and eventually his personal life. A feeling of violation is present! The rat's infestation is a slow burn with scratches in the wall, and picks up momentum as the carnage worsens. Hughes character (Peter Weller) is slowly driven to the brink. Who will out last who? Well acted and directed. I give Of Unknown Origin a 3 out of 5 in the creep meter.

  • Jul 05, 2014

    Peter Weller versus an abnormally-large, hyper-intelligent, killer rat? What's not to like? OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN is a big chunk of tasty '80s cheese, well-directed by B-movie veteran Cosmatos. The movie treats the subject matter seriously, but yet still finds a way to have fun with it, primarily through some wonderful, squirm-inducing moments and a terrific leading performance from Weller, who dives right in with his character's progression from mildly irritated, to harried, to at his wit's end; the script also gives him dialogue that's sharp, witty, and full of personality, and he brings a real undercurrent of dry humor to the story. As for his villainous rodent nemesis, the movie employs - for the most part - some great, up-close photography of an actual rat, and as hard as it may be to believe, the movie manages to make this critter a credible threat to Weller's physical and mental well-being. This is a film whose premise has (more or less) been done many times, and it could have easily been boring, outlandish schlock, but Cosmatos and company keep things on the track at all points. OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN does exactly what good, mid-level genre should: populate the story with intelligent characters, include a healthy sense of humor, and make a ridiculous premise compelling through inventive staging and effective suspense. It does run on just a little bit long, but it's completely entertaining for the duration, and in a refreshingly un-ironic way.

    Peter Weller versus an abnormally-large, hyper-intelligent, killer rat? What's not to like? OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN is a big chunk of tasty '80s cheese, well-directed by B-movie veteran Cosmatos. The movie treats the subject matter seriously, but yet still finds a way to have fun with it, primarily through some wonderful, squirm-inducing moments and a terrific leading performance from Weller, who dives right in with his character's progression from mildly irritated, to harried, to at his wit's end; the script also gives him dialogue that's sharp, witty, and full of personality, and he brings a real undercurrent of dry humor to the story. As for his villainous rodent nemesis, the movie employs - for the most part - some great, up-close photography of an actual rat, and as hard as it may be to believe, the movie manages to make this critter a credible threat to Weller's physical and mental well-being. This is a film whose premise has (more or less) been done many times, and it could have easily been boring, outlandish schlock, but Cosmatos and company keep things on the track at all points. OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN does exactly what good, mid-level genre should: populate the story with intelligent characters, include a healthy sense of humor, and make a ridiculous premise compelling through inventive staging and effective suspense. It does run on just a little bit long, but it's completely entertaining for the duration, and in a refreshingly un-ironic way.

  • Nov 29, 2013

    Peter Weller's almost one man show--Humour and Irony makes it good!!

    Peter Weller's almost one man show--Humour and Irony makes it good!!

  • Sep 21, 2013

    Of Unknown Origin is a rather simple story that could either be interpreted as stress and yuppiedom driving a man to insanity or a straight up man versus monster/rodent movie. It's mildly entertaining and offers Peter Weller essentially putting on a one man show as he destroys his apartment looking for the titular vermin.

    Of Unknown Origin is a rather simple story that could either be interpreted as stress and yuppiedom driving a man to insanity or a straight up man versus monster/rodent movie. It's mildly entertaining and offers Peter Weller essentially putting on a one man show as he destroys his apartment looking for the titular vermin.