Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie’s older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village.
For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But, Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon…
First of all, I do not understand why this movie is even under the horror genre section. Yeah, there was some bloodshed, but it wasn’t scary. Most importantly, since when are real horror movies rated PG-13?
Anyways, as for the movie itself, I thought it was pretty entertaining, but it wasn’t anything like I thought it was going to be. The storyline keeps you going to wonder who the werewolf really was. Yes, you read that correctly… werewolf. However, they did include a few things from the book, but as you already know, they added a lot more of their own touch on it. Even though, I found the movie entertaining, I thought it could have still been a lot better.
The things I didn’t like about the movie, besides making me think it was going to be an actual horror movie, would have to be… you don’t see the wolf enough, the stabbings look fake as hell, and no transformations of any kind. By transformations, I mean how many werewolf movies have you seen where they don’t show a single transformation from human to wolf? Probably, not many. That was probably my biggest complaint, out of everything.
As far as acting goes, I was actually pleased with most of the performers. The only issue I had was with Gary Oldman. Most of his acting seemed fake and not enough emotion. Especially, with the two stabbings he did. Other than that, I thought everyone else did a fairly good job, with their roles.
If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s probably only good for one viewing, if that. It’s another one of those “Let’s see how much money we can make from the title” type films. I would probably say kids would probably like watching this movie, more than adults. So, I’ll leave it at that.
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