“Monte Carlo” is harmless fluff aimed at the tween crowd. Read more »
“Wrong Turn 4” (a prequel this time) delivers absolutely no surprises whatsoever, and is mostly an exercise in which the filmmakers seem to be saying, “Hey, watch how we kill THIS uninteresting character.” I think that as sort-of a compliment, because in the gore department, this one delivers. Just don’t expect much in the way of originality or suspense.
It helps if you’re already a fan of the series (why else would you be reading?). Personally, I never cared for the first film, but was pleasantly surprised by “Wrong Turn 2: Dead End.” That one put a fun spin on the premise, featured a few spectacular death scenes and a terrific scenery-chewing performance by none-other than Henry Rollins. Admittedly, I never watched the third one, but do not feel my life is incomplete because of that.
And prior viewing isn’t really a prerequisite for “Wrong Turn 4,” which is yet-another ‘origin’ story. That’s usually a sign a franchise is out of ideas, and horror prequels are seldom very effective from a narrative standpoint, since the outcome is always a forgone conclusion. “Wrong Turn 4” is no exception. We already know these inbred hillbillies will live to kill again. This film offers a slightly different (though not very original) setting, a abandoned hospital. But other than that, it’s business as usual. The performances are adequate, but the only concern we have for the dumb college kids to wander into this hospital is how (not if) they meet their demise.
If carnage is what the viewer wants, mission accomplished. The death scenes are well-executed and extremely graphic. At the very least, the filmmakers (the FX artists in particular) earned their paychecks. And admittedly, for a film that has no real reason to exist (was anyone REALLY pining for a “Wrong Turn” origins story?), it’s reasonably fast-paced and seldom boring.
I think this series has run its course, but that probably won’t stop the inevitable “Wrong Turn 5” from oozing onto video shelves in a year or two. For that, I humbly suggest they launch these hillbillies into space. Hey, it worked for Jason Voorhees.
Blu-ray and DVD Extras:
* Fox trailers.
* 14 deleted scenes.
* “Wrong Turn 4” music video with The Blackout City Kids.
*”Director’s Die-Ary’s”- Nearly 8 minutes of director Declan O’Brien’s video diaries. He mainly just takes footage on set and interviews various cast and crew members.
* “Lifestyles Of The Sick And Infamous”- A featurette about the Brandon Mental Health Centre (where “Wrong Turn 4” was shot).
* “Making Another Wrong Turn”- Discussions about the origin of the 3 brothers, the script, the F/X, shooting in cold weather, etc.
* Commentary by director Declan O’Brien and producer Brett Levinson. Lots of chatter about directing, shooting locations, set stories, etc. Worth a listen if you dig the film.
Look for this coupon on the following dvds and blu-rays for a $10.00 discount for Gulliver’s Travel’s with Jack Black and also The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, the third Disney Narnia adventure. Both will be in theaters over the holidays and the list of titles is impressive. Here are the blu-rays and dvds taking part in the promotion.:
2010 Holiday Gift Guide
With so many DVD and Blu-ray discs released each year, it can be a daunting task to know what to buy for friends, family, or loved ones during the holiday season. Luckily, we here at dvdcorner are here to help you out by providing a list of the best DVD and Blu-ray discs. So, without furthere adieu… Read more »
“The Men Who Stare At Goats” is a comedy that is based on an actual military squad from the U.S. Army in the 80′s. The film is very funny in subtle ways, and is a great satire on military programs and their funding. George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey lead the cast but Clooney and McGregor are the main characters. McGregor plays a journalist who hears a story about a unique psychic soldier squad anf soon stumbles across Clooney in Iraq. Through a series of flashbacks, Clooney tells of the squad and its founder (Jeff Bridges), who got funding to develop a non-lethal unit that would use their minds to control the enemy. Part of this training involved drug use, meditation and a general hippie philosophy preached by Bridges. His character is very reminiscent of the “Dude”. As Clooney is telling the story, the two also have an adventure of their own in Iraq, being kidnapped by terrorists and hiding out while street battles erupt around them. Read more »
“Old Dogs” is a family film from Disney with a bit of an edge to it. While the script sometimes gets a bit sugary, it has enough really funny moments to not make it really sappy. Robin Williams and John Travolta, along with Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston, and their daughter Ella Bleu Travolta star along with Lori Laughlin, Matt Dillon, and Seth Green. Williams and Travolta are old buddies in business together and just when they are about to make the deal of a lifetime, an old girlfriend drops in to tell Wiliams he’s a daddy of twins and that he must take care of them for a couple of weeks while she is away.
Jamie Fox and Gerard Butler match wits in this taut drama about one man’s quest for justice after a brutal attack on his family. Butler plays a man who has waited for the justice system to produce results with young, D.A. Jamie Fox, but Fox makes a deal with one of the criminals to further his stature that lets the guy go free after only 5 years. Butler, an electronic genius, takes the law into his own hands to avenge the crimes made against his family. Read more »
“Pandorum” is the scary, edge of your seat type of science fiction, with quick edits and added shock value throughout. Read more »
“District 9″ is one of the best science fiction films of the year but could have been even better. Read more »