Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Wer


Rotten Tomatoes Rating: NA (Critics) / 95% (Audience)
Directed By: William Brent Bell
Written By: William Brent Bell and Matthew Peterman
Starring: A.J. Cook, Sebastian Roché, Vik Sahay, Simon Quarterman and Brian Scott O’Connor
Studio: Universal Pictures
Synopsis:A defense attorney begins to suspect that her client, who is charged with the murders of a vacationing family, might be more than meets the eye. – (Source)


The Good:
The second half of this movie was a wonderfully brutal affair with gruesome werewolf violence and more dead Frenchman than you could shake a baguette at.
I also liked the decision to go with lycanthropy as a scientifically quantifiable medical condition as opposed to a full blown supernatural thing with people turning into actual wolves. There was something much more unsettling about what was basically a very hairy hobo running around ripping people to shreds.
I also was pleasantly surprised by how little I was bothered by the film using the pseudo-documentary/found footage style. The subtle effects and make-up were also very well done especially for what I assume was a very modestly budgeted film.

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The Bad:
Why was everyone so damned stupid in this movie? I understand that there have to be some suspension of disbelief in horror films where people put themselves in terrible situations that could have been easily avoided but to have a supposedly intelligent and capable legal defense team behave like busty teenage camp counselors was a bit too much to take.
And why exactly was a wanted murderer’s legal team allowed to go out into the field with the police squad tasked with bringing the killer in?
Also the first hour of this movie was a serious struggle to get through. For pretty much 50 minutes of that hour nothing interesting happened at all.

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The Ugly:
The French police are easier to kill then Stormtroopers.

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Final Verdict: After a frustratingly slow start WER picks up the pace exponentially and delivers a pretty solid monster movie that despite some lapses in logic ended up being well worth the watch.

Grade: B-

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