Dog Soldiers (DVD, 2009, Limited Edition; Steelbook)

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Great werewolf fun

Jan 25, 2008
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Pros:Great action, good cast and some awesome gore effects.

Cons:The werewolves are a bit disproportioned and the story gets a bit confusing.

The Bottom Line: Werewolf movies are few and far between, and good ones are even fewer. As far as they go, I think this one is pretty entertaining and worth checking out.


Take one part Predator, one part Aliens, one part Tremors, a pack of werewolves, and a whole lotta gore, mix and you have Dog Soldiers. A suspense, action, and gore filled werewolf flick that's reminiscent of all three of the aforementioned movies, and yet is still entertaining enough that it's good. The acting is good for a low budget horror movie. The story, while being a bit confusing at times, holds together well enough. And as I've mentioned twice already, the gore is really good and certainly not shied away from, even though the werewolves themselves are a bit disproportioned.

First billed in this flick is Sean Pertwee. He's not a huge actor, but he's a pretty good one. He's had a couple small parts alongside the likes of Jason Isaacs and under director Paul W.S. Anderson (in Event Horizon and Soldier). He plays the leader of the group of soldiers and he pulls off a good authority figure while also providing a good bit of depth to his character. Kevin McKidd plays the actual `hero' of this picture and would sort of be related to Michael Biehn's character in Aliens, being as he doesn't start out in control, but he ends up being in charge. Emma Cleasby is the 'ranger- esque' person who just so happens to stumble onto the soldiers right when they need it the most. She does pretty well, but her character is also one of the reasons the story gets confusing. Darren Morfitt plays Spoon, the totally nuts and totally awesome Hudson character of this flick. Oh, for those not familiar with the whole `Hudson character' thing… Hudson was Bill Paxton's character in Aliens. Filled with snappy one-liners and defiant in the face of death, not to mention he can kick some werewolf butt.

The story was pretty straightforward and standard action movie stuff. It's a classic throwback to the days of Predator and Aliens. Where things didn't have to make a hundred percent sense, but they were entertaining, cause there was a buncha soldier guys blasting at baddies with rifles and using colorful language. That's Dog Soldiers to a `T'. Don't go check this movie out if you're looking for a deep movie about the inner turmoil of being a werewolf. Check this movie out to see a whole lotta gunplay. The one main problem this movie does have, is when it tries to force more drama and story into it, and instead of making things better, it just makes them more confusing. That and the end is such a cliché `killer rises once more' ending that it was just kinda boring. If you're going to use a cliché as old as that… at least spice it up a little and don't make it so… predictable.

The make-up effects on the werewolves were pretty cool, especially when you saw only glimpses of them in the shadows, running through the forest. It was when you got a good look at them, and their heads especially, when they stopped being as cool. First of all, whoever designed them needs to take some proportion classes. Giant head on regular human sized body make awkward looking werewolf. The gore, however, was top class, and there was no shortage of it. Lots and lots of werewolf munching action. One-word… sausages.


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