POUND OF FLESH
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Malcolm McDowell headlines this cast as professor Noah Melville. He whores out his hot, young students and gives them scholarships. Of course, one of them dies and a detective is on the case.
Is it good movie?
This is one stupid, stinkin' pile of crap. Yeah, sorry to be so harsh
but this movie really, really sucks. It's hokey (and at the same time
somehow takes itself too seriously), and seems to exist solely to
linger on hot young women (not that I mind that sort of thing, y'know).
Let me get to the only selling point of the movie: girls show off some
skin. That's about it.
First of all, there's something really wrong with the way this film
looks. It seems to switch its style constantly. You get moments of high
contrast, you get hideous scenes that are tinted in odd colors, and
whenever you see one of the hot girls, they're filmed in this
pseudo-documentary style that is simply jarring. This is but one thing
that left me scratching my head. I feel like this movie would have been
better off as a sort of social commentary, if they wouldn't have been
so keen on having the lame murder aspect tacked on.
On top of this, the movie tries to set itself up as this nasty, dirty
forbidden sort of story and about halfway through, the tone changes to
a bizarre sort of Hallmark TV-movie.
Angus MacFadyen has an absolutely laughable turn as the detective in
this story. He's downright goofy and totally unbelievable. He tries
hard to be tortured, but the guy overacts beyond belief. On top of
this, he's a little unfair to Professor Melville and seems to be simply
out to get him. Timothy Bottoms (yeah, I'm as surprised as you) even
shows up as the equally lame Dean of the college and chews the scenery
just as badly.
Even genre favorite McDowell struggles here, as if he has no idea how
to play the professor. He goes from quiet and helpful to manic and
insane at the drop of a hat. It ain't pretty. I mean, he's trying..but
that isn't enough.
The actors are not really at fault here , because this is one movie
that is poorly written (and directed). You cannot get behind any of
these characters because they're all so erratic, and the dialogue is
simply awful. What kind of movie is this? Is it a cool movie for
teenagers, or is it a lame episode of CSI?
Video / Audio
Video comes in 1.78:1 non-anamorphic widescreen
and is inconsistent to say the least. It gets grainy and ugly at points.
Audio is presented in DTS HD 5.1 and is pretty unbalanced
too, and will likely have you changing the volume level as you go along.
If you love making of EPKs,
you get one here. Can you imagine how good it would be to hear the
actors and crew talking about how great this is? Well, it happens. It's
as bad as you expect.
Mcdowell himself appears in a brief interview,
talking about his friendship with director Tamar Hoffs (the father of
one of the Bangles) and how he got into the flick.
Director Hoffs introduces some brief outtakes
and some deleted scenes (packed
with extra sexy stuff if you're interested) that add a bit more meat to
Finally, a trailer.
I'll never watch this movie again. If they make a sequel to Pound of
Flesh, they could call it Pile of Sh*t. Sorry to be so crude, but this
is a waste of McDowell and a chore to get through. Watch only at your