Sunday, June 17, 2007

Brotherhood of the Wolf

The year is 1765, the king is Louis XV and in a rural province of France, a vicious and seemingly supernatural creature is savagely killing local inhabitants, primarily women and children. Unseen, possessed of enormous strength and a cunning, almost human, intelligence, the beast has eluded capture for years. The King sends in a renowned scientist, Grégoire de Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan), and his Iroquois blood brother, Mani (Mark Dacascos), an unconventional team whose combined methods and talents may give them the required advantage in finding and destroying the beast. Unfortunately, the beast represents a much darker horror that few, if any, could have foreseen.

Yeah, I know, another subtitled movie - but a really good subtitled movie. Anyway, if you haven't already seen this movie, I highly recommend it, and don't worry about the subtitles because it does have an English language track and, to be honest, the English track is not nearly as distracting as some of them can be. I only prefer the subtitles because, generally, the full meaning along with certain nuances are more evident.

The original title to this French film is, Le Pacte des loups, and the movie is based upon the Beast of Gévaudan, a real wolf, or wolf-like creature, that terrorized the Auvergne and South Dordogne regions of France killing close to 100 people during the years 1764 to 1767 in brutal and sometimes bizarre circumstances. The incorporation of this very real horror with a well conceived story makes for an exciting and sometimes tense viewing experience. Things are not what they seem and everyone has something up their sleeve.

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