Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Peter and Carla don't really have a great marriage. One day, he decides to drag his wife and dog out to an old isolated area, where they planned to meet another couple. Meanwhile, Peter takes an impromptu shortcut and ends up getting lost which forces the two to sleep in their truck. Of course, Peter blames nature and really messes up the scenery, which literally causes nature to fight back.
Is it good movie?
What a strange little film this was. I guess the whole global warming' deal has struck gold and brought this remake to our shelves. I dug The Ruins, probably because I had no expectations. This one is different because it really centers on a truly broken marriage between two people who hate each other. This movie really builds tension to a boiling point- it's easy to believe that the couple will kill each other before anything else does. Suffice it to say, this movie is certainly a potboiler.
It's not always spot on, as some of the film tends to be a little overly dramatic at times, but then again there are women in the film (rimshot!). Not to mention, everything goes wrong for these poor people- they really should have stayed home. And not only that, but when nature strikes back, it really does. If you don't like bugs and stuff, you're not going to dig this flick cause there's some serious insect nastiness going on.
Some of it is laughable though, some of the attacks are hilarious. The eagle. the sea cow, come on man. It also seems that there's a lot of visual hints that lead you nowhere, like the movie can't make up its mind about what it wants to develop. Other parts are just bizarre, like when Jim Caviezel is strumming his guitar, singing folk songs while animals frolic around him.
The performances are pretty solid, Caviezel is great as the jerk who ruins everything and constantly demeaning his wife. His wife, Claudia Karvan was also pretty good in her role. I suppose that ultimately, this movie will please fans of bizarre horror that is slightly ambitious and risky, if nothing else.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen and doesn't look overly pretty. I felt that the whole picture looked a little muddy and grainy. I guess that works for the whole nature vibe, but not for the visually picky.
Audio is presented in Dolby 5.1 and sounds good enough, although the mix is a little heavy in the front speakers.
Ultimately, I think you're going to love this film or hate it. I can see why someone would make a case for either, but I am going to take the piss on this one and go with a slight thumbs down. This movie felt uninspired to me. I get the whole 'don't mess with nature' vibe but it just didn't blow my mind or anything. You can be entertained by this flick but it may not be for the right reasons. Nature's Grave might be an okay watch, but it certainly isn't' a good movie.