Time of the Wolf Reviews
"The Road" comes to mind, but this is much cleaner. More naked. The viewer is not getting anything for free, and you won't find answers. Haneke in a nutshell.
Silent, and it's not easy to show much interest at times. The last half our is better. Not the worst film from the man I have seen, but not on the top 5 list either.
6.5 out of 10 razor blades.
Haneke's puzzling pictures often rely on human interaction to piece their narratives together, but Time of The Wolf inspires little reaction in its audience besides a harrowing desire to go take a long nap.
Time of The Wolf is a grey film heavy on cold hues and chilling landscapes, but lacking in Haneke's signature senses of shock-horror and escalating dread. It's an anti-sci-fi, all about disorder and desperation. This seems cool on the surface, but between all its wailing, whining and waning potential, there's very little for audiences to really hold onto. Haneke's dry film is about as cold and desolate as the grim world it creates, wallows in, and abandons.
underwhelming performances from much of the cast results in a film that never reaches the dramatic peaks we hope for.
When removing it's flaws "Time Of The Wolf" does manage to strip bare the entire essence of our society and it's values, evoking a beautiful yet stark portrait of human frailty and our violent instincts.
The film's nihilistic philosophy is appropriately subtle and it's ending is to be expected from the director (to the point of being predictable) and maybe if the character's were a little more interesting we would be left with an essential piece of filmmaking. Instead we have a long-winded, sometimes captivating mood piece that decides not to answer the impossible questions it asks.
Maybe in 2003 this movie was interesting, or even groundbreaking, but here in 2014, after the recent glut of post-apocalyptic (read zombie) scenarios, this movie comes across like a pile of pretentious and pointless tosh.
The acting is fine, but why are we expected to emotionally invest ourselves in a story whose background is deliberately withheld from us by the director?
To answer my own question, maybe it's because points of interest in the movie itself are few and far between. We follow this unfortunate family as they stumble aimlessly around the dreary countryside, until the film stumbles to its dreary aimless conclusion.