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The Wolfman (2010)

Duration1h 43m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 15 
Source of storyThis is a remake of the 1941 film scripted by Curt Siodmak
DirectorJoe Johnson
Writers/ScriptAndrew Kevin Walker, David Self
StarringGemma Whelan, Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Art Malik, Geralidine Chaplin, Hugo Weaving, Anthony Sher,  
RatingsIMDb: 5.8/10 by 106,343 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 34% by 219 reviewers. Review2view: 3/10.

Elevator Pitch: Lawrence Talbot, the estranged son of Sir John Talbot returns home from America when his brother is killed by an unknown assailant. He meets the dead man’s fiancée, Gwen, and begins to investigate the murder. He is at a gypsy encampment when an attack by a wolflike creature takes place and Lawrence is bitten, resulting in the gypsies wishing to kill him because they think he will become a werewolf. And sure enough at full moon he transforms and goes on the rampage, killing people, but is captured by a posse ending up in a lunatic asylum in London, where he is considered to be deluded. But who was the werewolf who bit him, can the asylum hold him and can Inspector Aberline solve the case.

Content: No sex or nudity. Although I don’t remember it there was probably drinking because time is spent in the local pub where they discuss lycanthropy. The creature attacks the gypsy camp resulting in a lot of blood and guts., but at this point it is not seen. The locals suspect that the Talbots are involved and are often thrown out by Sir John. Lawrence spends time with Gwen and it is apparent that they are developing feelings for each other.  In London we see the werewolf running over the rooftops in a way reminiscent of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Once seen, the werewolves are less terrifying than one would think.

A View: Benicio Del Toro is a fan of the original and seems to have been the force behind the remake. However it was not liked much. Its production budget was $150 million but it grossed less so it was a flop. The president of Universal said that it was “One of the worst movies we ever made”. Maybe the problem is that once we have seen the werewolf, which is not that frightening because it retains the basic human form, there is never really any more tension. So unless like Benicio Del Toro, you are a fan of the original, not really a watch, even for nothing.

Three other werewolf movies, excluding Underworld, reviewed on this site include: Dylan Dog: Dead of Night,  Dog Soldiers and American Werewolf in Paris

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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