the story is pretty much bleak and has been done a thousand times.
The camera has got to be the worst camera ever to have shot a fulllength film on. Better cameras can be purchased at wal mart. This is nojoke.
The actors were not half bad except the "hippy" girl, she was theworst. The poorly written dialogue just came off as hilarious andtotally suited the film. The bear was actually scary. Some scenes wereterrifying if the viewer actually thought of being in that situation,lets just say, once its over, you check around corners and turn all thelights on.
The mistakes: This film had some HORRIBLE mistakes or goofs. The entiremovie is supposed to be shot at night, but several scenes are in theday time and they do nothing to hide it. Spot lights are evident inlighting up the scene because the cameras are too cheap to fill withgood quality in total darkness. Fence shadows are seen throughout theshooting area (giving away that they are on set) IN ONE SEEN. A BOOMOPERATOR IS SHOWN!! CLEARLY VISIBLE! It is ridiculous that nobody sawthat before production rapped.
It is a great survival/animal attack movie though!
I have never rated a movie with only one star, because its alwayssomething good in all the movies and no one deserve only one star, butthis one star is for the bear in the movie, everything else is so bad!For a good movie you need good script, acting and director!Movies canbe good if you have all of them together or at least some of that! Butthis movie does not have none of that.Plot is so shallow, acting evenworst so the director!Camera is also very bad and the lighting...idon't understand where from all the light in this movie is coming from?Avoid this movie at any cost, go for a walk instead!Don't spend 90minutes of your life for it!User: netrek
I'm surprised this movie is averaging a rating of 4 stars! For anostensible thriller there was little genuine suspense or even horror.The acting was plodding and lacked any real depth or nuance. Characterdevelopment was kept a bare minimum. A pair of brothers and theirsignificant others are in a car on a trip to some steak house tocelebrate someone's birthday (I had to fast forward a bit due to theextreme boredom), they go off the main roads for a short-cut, get aflat tire, the arrogant older brother shoots a young bear like 12 timeswith what appears to be a 9mm handgun, the mother (or father?) bear isvery upset and seeks revenge. That's as far as the plot was developed.Nothing much here. At one point as they've crawled to the end of thismetal pipe if you look at the left hand corner you can actually seeproduction people shooting the film! This movie tried to do for bearswhat "Cujo" did for dogs and fell very flat.User: patrickhagel
I can't say I agree with the rating and the other reviews of thismovie. Yes, the plot may not be great, it may not be a high-budgetmovie and there may be shots with crew in it BUT the script is AMAZING.The bear is so much fun, I really was rooting for him, shouting"REVENGE BEAR, GET THEM REVENGE BEAR" at the TV.
- SPOILER START - When the bear had a flashback, I peed myselflaughing. When they try to run, the bear appears and one of the girlssays "He set up an ambush!" I shat myself laughing. So much fun if youreally get into it and root for the bear. The ending is weird but kindasweet. Revenge Bear turns to Mercy Bear and turns down the double killon the lady.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this movie from start to finish and can reallyrecommend it if you enjoy this kind of movie. Great to watch withfriends.
Let me begin by saying that this movie was obviously shot on a limitedbudget but this still could have been a cult classic. Let's start withthe plot shall we: Two young couples get stranded in the middle ofnowhere after having decided to take a shortcut (yes yes, veryoriginal). They quickly learn that they have just entered bearterritory and soon they find themselves surrounded by hungry grizzlybears.
Simple story indeed but just like I thought "Five Across The Eyes"succeeded in many ways, I really thought this would succeed in theexact same ways since it's shot in a similar style. Now the movie kicksoff quite fast and keeps going at a rapid pace. The actors aresurprisingly great and the panic feels real. You know what else isreal? The bears! Not CGI-crap, these are actual bears... well for mostof the time anyway. Every now and then we see a VERY fake-looking snoutand the occasional friendly-looking cotton-paw with - what looks like -soft claws. Indeed they seem to have been using an over-sized teddybear in quite a few scenes but the shots are so quick that it doesn'treally do any harm to the movie.
However, the thing that does harm the movie are all the obvious goofsin it. The movie takes place at night-time, yet some scenes are soOBVIOUSLY shot in the middle of the day that it doesn't even look as ifthey tried to cover this up. What's even worse is that we see the"fence" surrounding the area in several frames. There's even one pointwhere we can see the boom operator clear as day (trust me, you can'tmiss it). What started off as a potentially awesome movie was soondragged down by an amateurish crew and increasingly ridiculousdialogues. Still, if you're a fan of killer bears, I think it's worthchecking out, it should've been a cult classic but will most likely endup in the bargain bin unless they do some serious changes and re-shootsfor the American release (the DVD reviewed is the UK DVD - which by theway was bare-bones - no extras except for some trailers).
What can I say? This movie starts out good but after 45 minute it turnsinto a movie full of flaws. The camera-work was troublesome from thestart but one could look over that since it's obviously a low budgetfilm. The acting started out good, the tension was build up nicely, theplot was convincing but for some strange reason all kind of weird flawspopped up halfway trough. Main problem with the movie is botchyfilmmaking. The viewer is pulled out of the movieworld and confrontedwith behind the scenes stuff like seeing some of the film-crew andinconsistent environments. This was totally preventable and shows howlazy this movie was put together. But that isn't the only problem: theplot also turns into laughable trash that is best suited as snoozematerial than an actual horror movie that pumps up the adrenaline.Maybe it was just me but I noticed that the actors involved couldn'tsqueeze out some of the absurd lines convincingly in the second half ofhe movie. This movie is not really interesting unless you're sufferingfrom insomnia. 4/10User: christianlibrul-1
It should be titled, "CuJaws: Just when you thought it was safe to getback in a minivan." This movie rips off "Jaws" (actually "Jaws II") and"Cujo" in one fell swoop, capturing exactly none of the fun or terrorof either. Not one original idea. But, since original ideas seem to bein short supply these days, this movie is just on par with the rest.Summary: A van load of truly annoying characters mess with two bears,and pay the price for being stupid. An alternate title could be,"Natural Consequences." Had a character recorded this misadventure onhis/her phone, it could have ripped off yet another movie, theimitation "Godzilla" one set in New York 3-4 years ago. So many missedopportunities...