Ravenous makes you hungry for a movie with a little more thought, as it presents an idea that could be pulled into a worthy film but just falls short in about every idea. Guy Pearce stars as Captain John Boyd, a silent war hero who doesn't deserve the title he holds. He must have picked Ravenous over other L.A. Confidential -type scripts because he didn't have to work in the process of making this one. His character hardly talks, his character isn't even very likeable, and at some points he is hardly distinguishable from the bad guy, the venerable Robert Carlyle, who is the only stand-out thing in the entire one hour and forty minutes.
While it is obvious that someone watched a documentary on the Donner Family and then whipped out a script the same night, Ravenous also looks like a cheesy version of Dracula. Dracula doesn't exactly eat his victims, but basically this one deals with the same idea: Some guy with a lust of blood eats other humans, both for his own hunger and to spread "his kind." And that is the entire plot right there. Dialogue doesn't exactly work in Ravenous, either, even though it focuses around gore, gore, and more gore.
The music is nauseatingly annoying and equally bad. Just because it is set in the 1800's doesn't mean they have to replicate 19th century music and combine it with more modern stuff. Trust me, the music is just bad.
Robert Carlyle does play a good psychopath, but that is about all that is going for Ravenous. The concept has potential but the script is pretty dreadful, and destroys any chance of making this film a success. Besides the music, there isn't anything that is really horrible about the movie, but there isn't anything that is really good about the movie, either. The ending sort of sucks, also. Ravenous falls short of feeding my appetite.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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