The Wolfman (2010)

Lawrence Talbot's childhood ended the night his mother died. His father sent him from the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor to an insane asylum, then he goes to America. When his brother's fiancée, Gwen Conliffe, tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns to his father's estate to learn that his brother's mauled body has been found. Reunited with his estranged father, Lawrence sets out to find his brother's killer... and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself. Someone or something with brute strength and insatiable blood lust has been killing the villagers, and a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline comes to investigate. - synopsis from IMDB

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 Genres

thriller, drama

 Facts & Figures

Directed by Joe Johnston.

Rated 5.8 on IMDB from 91890 votes.

Runtime: 103 min.

 Review

Despite an impressive cast, The Wolfman is little more than a good thriller popcorn movie.

There’s a deeply disappointing lack of character exploration here which is not particularly aided by the superficial approach to the story. As a remake, can you do much about that? Sure you can. And with a lineup like that, you should.

Anyhoot, if flying limbs and blunt trauma is your kind of thing, this may be for you. I must add for anything really explicit, you might want to have a look at something else because it’s not overdone. But still, suspense these days is nowhere to be found beyond a 2 minute-max drumroll for an eery buildup.

The only memorable scene I found was at the tavern. You know how some actors excel at a certain type of emotion and after a while it just becomes boring seeing them do it movie after movie? Well, I think arrogance is Hugo Weaving’s given base emotion talent. With the notable exception that with him, it never gets boring. It’s intriguingly amusing. Ah, I’m a sucker for a strong character.

Seen: 14 Feb 2010

The Wolfman

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