The Wolfman

release year: 2010
genre: fantasy action/adventure
viewing setting: home DVD, 8/1/10

synopsis: A young actor returns home when his brother is killed, only to get bitten by the same attacker...and eventually change into a half-wolf, half-man beast.

impressions: This incorporates many elements of the 1941 original, but throws in a major twist of its own. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just mention the movie's simple strengths (good atmosphere, excellent special effects) and weaknesses (occasionally dumb characters.) At its heart, this is a good scary monster movie.

something this movie has that no other movie has: A bunch of idiots locking themselves in a room with someone who they think is _not_ going to change into a monster.

acting: Forgive me, Benicio del Toro fans everywhere, but the man sounds like he has marbles in his mouth. Anthony Hopkins does a good job as a father who's a jerk. Emily Blunt is the love interest who does all she can to help. Hugo Weaving is the inspector who's in charge of hunting the monster. Art Malik is the mysterious henchman Singh.

final word: Well-done, atmospheric monster movie.

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