Monday, September 21, 2009

Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

Few films are able to create such a perfect blend of action, fantasy, suspense, drama, and horror as BROTHERHOOD. It offers the choreographed acrobatics of CROUCHING TIGER with the dark humor and sharp wit of Voltaire's Candide, and then sets the plot in the midst of a fast-paced epic action-adventure film in the vein of THE 13TH WARRIOR. The characters and dialogue read like prose on the page, giving the entire film the elegance of a modern myth as told during the French Revolution. On top of the brilliant writing, the visual stylism implores a broad color palette with gorgeous cinematography that cause the action sequences to burst with vibrant reds contrasted against cool greens, while the more suspenseful moments are dressed in cool blues and set to fog-laden fields or hidden in dark, earth-tones dungeons. Each of the players contribute outstanding performances, offering unique roles that break past the stock action heroes and create realized knights with believable courage and fortitude on screen. At first glance, the film appears to be an average creature feature, but while the beast the men hunt does serve as the central focus for most of the picture, it is the evil within the characters, themselves, that proves to be most terrifying. The animal is delivered slowly through brief reveals that never allow the audience to put together its entire form in any one moment, which adds to the mystery and suspense as it continues to track and kill mercilessly. BROTHERHOOD truly is a beautiful film that transcends any one genre, but the one thing that makes it difficult to reproach is the long run-time, exceeding 2 1/2 hours in the Extended Edition. It is well worth the ride for anyone that is willing to commit the time, though, and it comes highly recommended! A naturalist and his hunter companion set off into the wilds of France to track a ferocious beast that has been terrorizing the countryside, only to find out that there are greater evils behind its madness..

Rating: 10/10.
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11 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this film, so different than I thought it would be. The runtime is one of my few complaints.

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  2. It really is the films only major fault, but at the same time there is no point where the film is slow necessarily, it is just so friggin long.. Otherwise I would watch it much more often!

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  3. PS - Im surprised they didnt remake it before it hit the States, then it would have been incoherent, horribly acted, but likely an hour shorter for our shortened attention spans lol..

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  4. I love this movie! I don't mind how long it is.

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  5. I saw this in the theater when it came out. There were a couple of groans, "You mean I gotta reeeeaaad?!" But as the movie went on, those same people were on the edge of their seats. Great movie.

    One of the five venoms, Kuo Chui, did the choreography for this movie. I have the Canadian 3 disc set which I presume the plethora of special features were ported over for this special edition? Director Gans and Dacascos were supposed to have reteamed for another action movie called THE ADVENTURER. Not sure what happened with that one.

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  6. It should figure that one of the venoms themselves were behind this one, I would have loved to see a reteam as well! I have still been meaning to see PATHFINDER, although I read weak reviews.

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  7. I bought PATHFINDER and never finished watching it. The trailer for it was awesome, but the movie is terrible, IMO. I was really shocked at how bad it was.

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  8. Thats all Ive heard about it left and right, but as you said, the trailer for it looked excellent, like a new 13TH WARRIOR or BROTHERHOOD.. Lame..

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  9. I commend you for such a high score as I think it is completely deserving!! I love Brotherhood of the Wolf so much for so many different reasons! I saw it in the theater, and got wasted during it, on top of spilling rum all over my pants. Drunk and all, I still thought the film was fantastic, and Mani is one of the best action characters of all time!

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  10. I find it amazing that this film took so long to get a proper DVD re-release. IT was out of print for several years. When I worked at the local movie theater and this film was out I remember peeking in all the time but I was never able to catch the full film. Now thanks to this nice release I'll have to pick it up.

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  11. Im glad to see more fans of the film on here, this was actually the first time I had rewatched it since I saw it in the theaters, but it sure didnt disappoint. Many people find that my rating scale is inflated, especially when they see films like this earn a 10, but I dare anyone to find fault in it.

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