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Ravenous (1999)

Ravenous (1999)

He who fights with monsters
should look to it that he himself
does not become a monster.

With that quote the movie begins. Capt. John Boyd, played by Guy Pearce, is the main character in what I consider one of the most disturbing movies I've ever watched. It may not be overly bloody and gruesome to the point of modern movies, but it deals with the subject of cannibalism, soldiers stationed out in the wild, eating each other to gain strength, and along with the soundtrack and desolate woodscapes the characters act a tale of macabre meals, despair,

It's not really a horror movie - it's not scary, it's a thriller, a killer thriller, the thriller of thrillers, one that'll leave you not disgusted and queasy (well, not if you've seen some of the considerably more brutal movies out there) but with a sense of darkness and despair. Chancery Stone sums up the 'point' of the movi pretty well in that: "It's about the horror of war, conquest, taking things which don't belong to you with the sole justification that that's how you get ahead in life." It's masterfully filmed, with great atmosphere, great acting, and very truthful and savage violence, but not a very pleasant watch. Seeing it again though, I don't get as fearful an impression as last time... maybe I've been dulled a bit since then.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle


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