If you’re looking for a warm and fuzzy feel good kind of film, this isn’t it.
Set with the Civil War as the backdrop, Ravenous tells the story of Captain John Boyd, an accidental war hero who ends up with a promotion as third in command at Fort Spencer. The fort takes in a stranded expedition survivor who tells a story of peril, starvation and cannibalism all surrounding a madman the survivor was trying to escape from. The tables turn as the truth of the events surfaces leading to some twists and turns alongside a legend about a creature known as a Windigo.
The directing and design is well done. There are times the blood looks pretty fake during some of the effects shots but they should still be better than this, the film was released in 1999. The writing for the most part is solid although there are some poorly organized conflict scenes and a cheesy line here and there. Luckily, the directing overall saves the film as does the talent responsible for delivering the lines…
Guy Pearce plays Captain Boyd with Robert Carlyle as his nemesis Colonel Ives, both of whom are strong in their parts. David Arquette and Jeffrey Jones also add nicely to the lineup with solid performances. Just a side note about Guy Pearce and Robert Carlyle – I’ve never seen either one give a bad performance in anything they’ve done, they’re always worth watching.
The violence is intense and brutal. If you’re squeamish, you’ll want to avoid this one too. Ravenous falls into a thriller/horror kind of category. Very well done if you like the genre, would recommend!
reviewed by Sean McKnight