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Werewolves

Dog Soldiers (2002)

Duration1h 45m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 18, Norway: 18,
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorNeil Marshall, 
Writers/ScriptNeil Marshall
StarringSean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby, Liam Cunningham,
RatingsIMDb:  6.8 by 54, 943 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 79% by 38 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: A small group of British squaddies are dumped into a forest in the highlands of Scotland for an exercise, the opposition consisting of members of the Uk special forces. When they come across the opposing squad there is only one man left alive, but severely injured. They collectively make their way to a road, their sergeant being attacked on the way, where as if by accident they are met by a young woman driving a Landrover. She takes them to a farmhouse for safety from something in the woods which sounds like a large animal. It becomes evident that the animal is a werewolf and that there are several out there, intent on killing the soldiers. Even though they have machine guns, can they survive?

Content: The closest we get to sex is seeing a couple in a tent in the woods beginning to get it on, when something attacks them.  The squaddies clump about in the woods and are soon ensconsed in the farm house with the werewolves prowling about outside. It is mostly pretty dark. The location is beyond the range of any mobile phones and it is 50 miles by road to the next nearest habitation. The sergeant and the special forces captain begin to recover from their wounds, and the woman who has saved them misleads them. 

A View:  The approach to danger on the part of the British military was well observed and the set pieces a bit scary and very gory. It did not cost much and was well liked by the critics who saw it. If I have a quibble, it seemed to me that the actual werewolves were a bit odd, with very large heads and very slim bodies and if anything the final battle went on a bit. But even so it probably has a bit of a cult following and is well worth a view for nothing if you like that sort of thing.

Additional Info: After the film’s release it was for a while the most watched movie by British forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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