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Instinctively, nobody was expecting another werewolf movie to be good, or even decent for that matter. The supernatural themes have been done before, practically slaughtered by this generation’s obsession with vampires, werewolves, witches, etc. We can thank Twilight for that. Nevertheless, X-Mensa David Hayter’s first stab at directing the ‘edgier Twilight’ could have been, well… better.
The list of clichés in this movie is endless and overdone. First, Lucas Till stars as Cayden Richards, the classically handsome football-playing, has-the-perfect-girlfriend high schooler. Unfortunately, Cayden starts to realize he’s got a terrible wolf problem. For me, this (like other points in the movie) is where the writers have completely fallen short. Cayden was born a werewolf, so why is it that he’s just now begun to turn into one? Either way, this reasoning is unclear and discredits the believability of the story from the very beginning.
Within the first five minutes of the movie, Till’s monotone voice is telling the story of his completely unheroic or original tale. Second, his first transformation occurs while he is starting to have sex with his girlfriend for the first time. After a blood thirsty rampage in which he kills his own adoptive parents Cayden sets off into the horizon. He gets over the fact that he turns into a wolf and has to keep “the monster within” at bay rather quickly. Wouldn’t it take you a moment or two to freak out a bit, mourn the death of your parents and evade the police asking for your whereabouts?
He then just so happens to stumble upon Wild Joe who just so happens to lead him to the subtly named Lupine Ridge. Stereotypically, he falls for the bartender who, if you haven’t guessed already, is also a werewolf.
The two go on an ‘epic adventure’ to save each other from the fearsome werewolf Connor (Jason Momoa, Game of Thrones). The movie is filled with chase scenes, big men with deep voices, a damsel in distress and less-than-quality werewolf fight scenes. Very little room for guessing or chance is left in this movie as it’s all so cliché. Ultimately, the predictability of the movie is its greatest downfall.
Cayden finds a father figure, rescues the girl and defeats his enemies, all in under an hour and thirty-one minutes! Perhaps more time should have been spent on forming in-depth characters, a story with more than a vague rise and fall action sequence and a clever script. For a low budget film, however, the makeup was spectacular and the contact lenses, having rarely been used throughout a movie before, certainly added to the believability of the characters.
Let’s cut to the chase: This movie came out in the wrong decade. If Wolves had been made pre Teen Wolf (1985), it would have been a success. However, almost thirty years later, these themes have been exhausted; we’ve seen it all before.
Wolves premiered on November 14th, 2014 and made just over $12,000 it’s opening week. The action/horror movie is rated R (although it could probably pass for PG-13 if it weren’t for the sex scenes).