This is one of the few times where the movie is better than the book. I have recently come across reviews bashing this movie which show the reviewers complete misunderstanding and false interpretation of the movie. Let me say, this is not a movie with the best actors and actresses nor the best acting from well-known actors at that time. One reviewer criticized Farrah Fawcet as being an unknown actress at the time. She was well known and had been on a number of popular shows before this movie. Her marriage to Lee Majors was well-publicized due to both of their popularity. The problem with this movie is the poor casting of actors and actresses that did not blend.
Each had their own fan base at the time and each had their own acting abilities that either did not carry in the movie or clashed with the others. For me, the only one that was consistent and an overall good quality actress was Jenny Agutter. She carried the movie even with her care for Michael York despite his lack of acting in the movie. Still, I have talked to people who feel the opposite. Each fan base tends to lean towards their actor or actress while bashing the others. It was not a good mix in casting. The film management did not know how much they failed in guessing the audience's reaction to the stars. In addition, each one had by this point shown a good performance in a different genre. Those successes were not recognized as an area of expertise or further acting venues. It was mistakenly thought that they were good actors over all, they weren't although Jenny could cross over to a far greater range than any of them.
Let's get down to the movie. It was a very different movie at that time. It took a mediocre book and turned it into a cult classic. It polished its edges and created a good story for everyone to enjoy provided they enjoyed it as it was. I've seen criticism of the carousel scenes that showed a complete misunderstanding of the effects used and what they represented. If one expects one thing and gets another without trying to understand what it was they were portraying, you will not get a good review. I would suggest that maybe a fantasy movie such as this may not be their cup of tea.
So, sit back and enjoy the flick for its improvement on the book and its portrayal of enlightenment and understanding for its characters.
One of the few films I wish I had never watched. Fewer still that I had turned off far quicker than hoping the end would have some meaning. The worst scene is the most unbelievable of a poor girl being raped in the midst of everyone sleeping. As if no one near them would wake up. I have met too many people that think a group of people would just go along with this rather than stop it. The cynical view of this film is far too depressing to give any rating worthy of someone else to attempt its viewing.
I wonder what has gone through the minds of the writers in this franchise to resort to the rotten sexual overtones in these movies. They might as well make it x rated since they broach such things. The last one implied child sex, this one had... well, something that was not needed in this movie. Then add on top of that the main villainess might as well have been topless flaunting her lopsided chest. She works in a field that has the best makeup and costume artists and they couldn't even her out a bit? They had no respect for her as a person to show her in that manner. Then the scene with her being serviced... why?
I was glad to see that they did more with the plot than the last one, but there was still too much gore and sexual references to garner any more stars. They ruined a great story and characters to promote seedy scenes.
There are a few reasons why I gave this only a 2 star rating. 1. imitating Resident Evil scenes where Alice wakes up in the shower and the hospital room: Naked. 2. Copying Matrix where Neo revives Trinity. 3, the implied sex of the werewolf and a young teen. There was just no call to go there. "She's of age." Most movies have the occasional butt or crotch shot, but this movie just had to go there with the teen too. This series had some physical attraction portrayed in all movies except this one is loaded with it. Then the gore is also annoying. The CGI of them mutating into wolves follows suit from the third in the series ot make it as awful as possible. There is a pretty good story under all this garbage that is lost due to all of this and the action. It reminds me of the Death Wish Movies that became more and more violent with less and less story.