Set during the Mexican-American War, Ravenous starts with the promising tale of a soldier named Boyd (Pearce, from L.A. Confidential) who finds himself transferred to a remote Sierra Nevada outpost in the dead of winter. Enter Colqhoun (Carlyle), a traveller suffering from frostbite and famine... and who turns out to be, well, a bit of a cannibal.
Sadly, Ravenous delves into the predictable and silly faster than you can say "fava beans." It's all very kitschy, with Colqhoun developing a, well, ravenous streak in him for human flesh, resulting in the steady attrition of the outpost's crew.
Curiously humorous performances by Davies and Arquette are welcome... until they are consumed by one character or another. But really, what's the point of this movie? It's not that Ravenous is offensive in the slightest. Now that we've digested Hannibal Lecter (so to speak), cannibalism isn't such a taboo. Make it funny - well, try to make it funny - and it's even less "shocking" and "controversial," both of which Bird was clearly shooting for.
Two hours of feasting, and bah... I left the theater hungry.
Arquette, lookin' mighty tasty.
Run time: 101 mins
In Theaters: Friday 19th March 1999
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Production compaines: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, ETIC Films, Engulf & Devour Productions Inc., Fox 2000 Pictures, Heyday Films
Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 43%
Fresh: 20 Rotten: 26
IMDB: 7.1 / 10
Director: Antonia Bird
Screenwriter: Ted Griffin
Starring: Guy Pearce as Captain John Boyd, Robert Carlyle as Colonel Ives / F.W. Colqhoun, David Arquette as Private Cleaves, Jeremy Davies as Private Toffler, Neal McDonough as Private Reich, Stephen Spinella as Knox, Joseph Runningfox as George, Bill Brochtrup as Lindus, Sheila Tousey as Martha, Jeffrey Jones as Col. Hart, John Spencer as Gen. Slauson
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