Cry_wolf

"Bad"

Cry_wolf Review


AOL Instant Messenger has denied me the following screennames on the basis that someone else has them: "Bicker4," "PhantomK678," "GrizzMan," "Korgon27," "Giglifan2," and "PandaBear." Besides the heartbreak that I suffered because I couldn't express my love for Bic Lighters, this denial led me to a very generic name that I have only stuck with out of laziness. So, the fact that the killer in Jeff Wadlow's Cry_Wolf simply got the screenname "Wolf" without a number or extra letter attached sticks out as inaccurate in a film already full to the brim with improbability and inconsistencies.

The movie concerns a group of bored, privileged high school students at a private school. This particular group has a love for games about lying, which they come together to play once a week. All is hunky dory in their group until their ringleader Dodger (Lindy Booth) brings in an outsider named Owen (Julian Morris), a British newbie who got kicked out of his last school for drug possession and for getting a bit too close to the headmaster's daughter. In a flash of creativity, the group cooks up one big lie for the entire school to fall into, involving the murder of a local townie. The lie is simple: A serial killer called The Wolf is terrorizing campus and will strike again when the full moon is out. Suddenly, strange messages show up, people's rooms are wrecked, and people are running for their lives away from a person dressed to fit the description of The Wolf.

So, why does everyone besides the kids in the group and a suspicious teacher (Jon Bon Jovi) go off campus? Why is it so easy to just hang out in the chapel at a private school without any supervision at a school where girls aren't even allowed in boy dorms? There are a few dozen more questions like that you could ask, and the answers, if given at all, won't impress you. Cry_Wolf is yet another case of a modern thriller where we are expected to accept too many silly things. And we are asked to accept these things and still view the film in all seriousness. The actors don't put much effort into an already cliché and mundane script and Wadlow seems bored enough with the material to give every loud jolt of music and flashy camera filter a feeling of rusted familiarity. Furthermore, there are several side plots that simply just don't matter and don't pay off (example: Owen being constantly ignored by his father). It's the work of someone who simply doesn't care about the material.

One has to wonder about the marketing of this film, however. When previews popped up for this film, it stunk of Prom Night, Scream, and even Valentine; sex-crazed teens being hacked up by a deranged friend who can blend in like nobody's business. Actually, the film follows the contours of a cookie cutter thriller, which would be an interesting ploy if they tried something different with the film itself. Sadly, the film doesn't do anything surprising or worthwhile and just sits you down for 90 minutes of purposeless meandering. Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to go think up a better screen name. BRB.

Is that a ... third nipple?



Cry_wolf

Facts and Figures

Run time: 90 mins

In Theaters: Friday 16th September 2005

Box Office USA: $10.0M

Box Office Worldwide: $10M

Budget: $1000 thousand

Distributed by: Rogue Pictures

Production compaines: Universal Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 22%
Fresh: 10 Rotten: 35

IMDB: 5.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Owen Matthews, as Dodger, as Tom, as Rich Walker, Sandra McCoy as Mercedes, Paul James as Lewis, Jesse Janzen as Randall, Ethan Cohn as Graham, as Headmaster Tinsley, Erica Yates as Becky, Jane Beard as Miss McNally, Ranel Johnson as Game Player, Ashleigh Pixley as Game Player, Michael Kennedy as Custodian, Jarvis W. George as Resident Advisor, Shauna Sauls as Game Player, Sabrina Gilbert as Game Player, Shannon Cusack as Field Hockey Player, as Mr. Matthews, as Regina

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Jackie Movie Review

Jackie Movie Review

Rather than make a standard biopic about the most famous First Lady in American history,...

Split Movie Review

Split Movie Review

After a few badly received sci-fi blockbusters, M. Night Shyamalan returned to his earthier style...

xXx: Return of Xander Cage Movie Review

xXx: Return of Xander Cage Movie Review

It's been 15 years since Vin Diesel walked away from his XXX role, killing off...

Manchester by the Sea Movie Review

Manchester by the Sea Movie Review

This may not be the cheeriest movie of the season, but it's so skilfully written,...

Live By Night Movie Review

Live By Night Movie Review

Ben Affleck launched his directing career 10 years ago with his film of Dennis Lehane's...

La La Land Movie Review

La La Land Movie Review

After storming awards season with Whiplash two years ago, writer-director Damien Chazelle returns with something...

Assassin's Creed Movie Review

Assassin's Creed Movie Review

Hopes were high that this film might finally crack the curse of movies based on...

Advertisement
Silence Movie Review

Silence Movie Review

Faith is a topic Martin Scorsese can't quite shake, courting controversy with complex films like...

A Monster Calls Movie Review

A Monster Calls Movie Review

A difficult movie to market, this isn't actually the BFG-style fantasy adventure it looks like....

Monster Trucks Movie Review

Monster Trucks Movie Review

Word has it that a 4-year-old came up with the idea for this unapologetically silly...

Collateral Beauty Movie Review

Collateral Beauty Movie Review

Dramas exploring the nature of death and the true meaning of life are always in...

Paterson Movie Review

Paterson Movie Review

Unpredictable filmmaker Jim Jarmusch ricochets from his artful vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive into...

I, Daniel Blake Movie Review

I, Daniel Blake Movie Review

At 80 years old, British filmmaker Ken Loach won his second Cannes Film Festival with...

Why Him? Movie Review

Why Him? Movie Review

Writer-director John Hamburg continues to recycle the formula that made his first hit Meet the...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.