Don't mess with Mother Nature
Sometimes I just want
to be entertained man. You know, park my ass in a theatre seat, switch the
noggin on low drive, forget my worries and enjoy the show. I was in the mood for
that jive today and thankfully Jamie Blanks' NATURE'S GRAVE
gave me just what I craved. An hour and a half of scares, laughs and surprises.
Thank you! Mucho appreciated.
NATURE'S GRAVE is a remake of Colin Eggleston's 1978 Australian film LONG WEEKEND and from what I hear it stays pretty close to the original (screenwriter Everett De Roche penned both versions). I personally have never seen the latter, hence this remake was my first introduction to this story. This twisted twister sucked me in right off the bat with its awe inspiring scenic shots of the ocean and mountains and then slyly set up its game, using its two main characters as its pawns. Straight up dudes and dudettes, I was having a rock and roll blast with this one. James Caviezel's performance was an intense and totally out there show that often borderlined over-the-top but never crossed it! He so made for a great beer slinging and macho asshole, one that I could laugh with, groove with and side with (yup I related to the man). Every time the female character would get a tad overbearing for my ears as to her constant NAG NAG NAG, James Caviezel would come in and make it all better with a quip or a left field "fuck you". Freaking gold!
Horror wise; the flick did a swell job at building up its setting's oppressive feel and sported a handful of suspense laced bits that punched hard. Nothing to murder your neighbor about but I felt it, was enjoying it and was even taken by surprise a few times as to the pay-offs. That doesn't happen too often in my world. Nice! Moreover, NATURE'S GRAVE got my noggin going further than usual. It sparked at least half a thought from yours truly, as to my sometimes careless mistreatment of mother nature. 10-4 on that NATURE'S GRAVE, I will be more careful from now on. Time to get them recycle bins in my house! Tag to all that sweetness some mean spirited scenes that tossed me to the wall like a rag doll, striking imagery and one heck of an ending and you get blood stained popcorn times at the movies.
On the flipside; pity that the couple's emotional baggage wasn't explored and delved in deep enough.
All I had was two people that hated each other I
didn't feel much love and wasn't affected by their "past", and I know I was supposed to be. Then we had the "token
plot turn dog" thing in the mix. Felt a tad cheap since the movie was obviously
smarter than that. Finally, I got a couple unintentional laughs here and there (Caviezel
was dropping his top like a cheap whore - show-off ;) but no harm done; I chuckled with
them, not at them, hence ALL GOOD!
I say take the weekend off to catch this weekend! Well worth the trip!