Big Bad Wolves Movie Review
Quentin Tarantino called Big Bad Wolves the best movie of 2013, but in reality the Israeli thriller is simply a less-good version of Prisoners with added torture-porn elements.
Big Bad Wolves is about a teacher who is released on a technicality after being arrested for murdering a young girl. He is subsequently kidnapped by the father of the girl and tortured, despite his insistence that he is innocent. Also involved is a disgraced cop who slowly begins to suspect that the man is actually telling the truth.
Though it isn't the amazing movie Tarantino claims it to be, Big Bad Wolves is still a well made, engaging thriller that successfully keeps you wondering who the real villain is--the torturer or his captive. While the movies delves a little too deep into torture porn at times, it largely avoids horror clichés and operates as an unpredictable psychological thriller.
The three leads, Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan and Tzahi Grad, deliver fine performances.
Big Bad Wolves does lose a bit of steam toward the end. The back-and-forth between the three men doesn't vary a whole lot, and the "twist" ending doesn't pack the punch directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado intended.
Still, if you're looking for a thriller that's a little different and at least a little unpredictable, look no further than Big Bad Wolves. Or Prisoners, which is better.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.