Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A bunch of friends head off to a remote retreat far away, to their uncle's secluded cabin on a deserted island. Unfortunately for them, they run into a pack of rather evil dogs who are keen on taking down anyone in their path.
Is it good movie?
Remember They? That movie that Wes Craven 'presented' a few years back? Well, Wes Craven has once again 'presented' The Breed, a movie which bears a much cooler title than the rest of the film would have you believe.
It's not so much that this movie is "bad", but it adds absolutely nothing new to the stew. There isn't a single nugget of originality to be found in this film, and absolutely everything about it screams 'mediocre'.
The plot is thin- college kids (yeah..right) are heading to a cabin to relax the one kid who works all the time. Included are the guy, his girlfriend (the miscast Michelle Rodriguez), the token black guy, and finally, the student's perpetually-screwed up brother, who walks on the wild side. As you can imagine, you'll find out the uncle's real origins- did he have anything to do with the dogs? You'll also find a bond between two brothers- the ever-studious brother vs the wild, caution to the wind brother.
But other than that, you get an absolutely typical horror flick. Once the dogs show up, the whole thing is rather paint by numbers. There was a very cool scene involving an arrow (not through the head though..bummer), and I must absolutely point out that the dogs in this movie were the best actors of the bunch. I'm not trying to insult the human cast (they were perfectly passable), but those dogs did an awesome job, and kudos to the directors and editors for staying away from the potentially cheesy or lame shots of the dogs looking very friendly or using poorly choreographed fight scenes, that impressed me.
Really, I don't know why Wes put his name on this one either. The whole thing is just a mishmash of other basic horror plots, isn't that gory, and aside from a few tense moments or two, is just disposible (the black guy dies first, can you believe it?).
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The Breed, is just boring, more or less. You've seen it before a dozen times, and without a certain 'hook', a twist on the average story to keep a viewer interested, you'll be groaning more than once as you sit through it. You know that when a flick is only 90 minutes long and you feel like it will never end? Yeah, that's a bad thing.