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Tamara (2005)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Jeremy Haft

Starring:
Jenna Dewan/Tamara
Katie Stuart/Chloe
Matthew Marsden/Mr. Natolly
Claudette Mink/Sheila
PLOT-CRUNCH
Nerdy "Witch chick" (Dewan) is made fun of and accidentally killed by the “school hipsters”. Nerdy "Witch chick" then comes back from the dead wearing a shorter than short mini skirt, sporting supernatural powers and a thirst for revenge. And then…she kills time…bugh…
THE LOWDOWN
I just got a slew of déjà vus over here! Nerdy chick played by an obviously GREAT LOOKING actress that a bunch of “too old to act in such an immature way” kool kids pick on. Can you spell “SHE’S ALL THAT”? I sure can! Or how about the black-sheep girl gifted with magic powers to take revenge on the bullies and the single parent (a child molesting booze hound dad) that’s been busting her chops? Yup CARRIE! Unfortunately TAMARA wound up being SHE’S ALL THAT meets THE CRAFT meets CARRIE but…without the straight forward payback of the latter! What’s going on here?

TAMARA had me firmly by the jewels off the bat and then gradually lost me as she wiggled her ass forward. The first 30 minutes established its familiar premise slyly, introduced the hot nerd gal in a “I will root for her” fashion and a bunch of “they must die” faux kool kids. NOTE ON THE KIDS: Why they were led by a steroid taking Jock who was as thin as a rake eludes me; talk about bad casting! So yes taking into account the peeps I had to play with here, I WANTED THEM TO DIE REAL BAD! That was the point right? Alas, after the first GORY KILL (see it here), our girl TAMARA went on to tease the shit out of me by not delivering the sloppy Joe goods in the way that she should’ve.

Now don’t get me wrong I was somewhat entertained throughout, with Tamara in question looking so damn freaking sexy that Arrow Jr. popped in for a cup of tea! The occasional gruesome bits also hit the spot while the random moments of daring creativity (like making two straight guys bang each other…lol) kicked in hard to add a fresh splash of plasma to a somewhat known formula. But this was one of those cases where sticking and running with the clichés would’ve worked best since the alternative wound up being fairly blah… to me anyways. You see, selfish TAMARA decided that she wasn’t going to be a body count/revenge film. Oh no, she was too good for that jive! Instead she tried to be a supernatural Soap Opera with a “mind control” angle driven by a “who gives a shite, I sure don’t” love story. Talk about running against your potential! And since I couldn’t give care less about most of the characters or their connect the dots relationships; the bulk of the “people” driven narrative totally went over my rod.

And what was up with the practically innocent duder getting it hardcore while the a-holes who were REALLY responsible for what happened got killed in throwaway fashion? That’s not how you satisfy an audience man or get me on Tamara’s side for that matter (That dude was innocent girl!)! The “filler and cheap” use of dream sequences also grated me where they were obviously there to add superficial pizzazz to the film as opposed to serving or even amplifying the storyline. Yes more dicking around in the name of “not much”. Add to that Tamara NOT dropping her top as she should’ve had in this type of film and a sappy inclined ending that had me groaning and you get a clear cut B Movie/Smut inclined/Revenge opus that for some reason decided to be a prude.

On the whole though, Tamara was a fairly harmless watch, with Jenna Dewan’s sexy presence (and buttocks) often becoming my point of focus when the “Melrose Place with magic” storyline would let me down. You could do better than spanking this dame, you can do worse… or you can rent Dead Alive for the gore and a Jenna Jameson flick for the tit stuff instead. Your move partners!
GORE
We get some random blood splashes, a cut off ear/tongue/exact-o knife in the eye, a ripped throat, an impaling, hefty blood puking and more! When it came time to be bloody, TAMARA took the Tampon out! Good stuff!
ACTING
Jenna Dewan (Tamara) was one of the better actresses here, exuding credible pathos when in nerd mode and mesmerizing sexual confidence when back from the dead. She hit all of the right emotional and physical notes! Katie Stuart (Chloe) was convincing as the “Amy Irving in Carrie role” of this tale. The script didn’t give her much to do but she made the best of it! Matthew Marsden (Mr. Natolly) was likeable as the older, good looking lad. Claudette Mink (Sheila) was on the ball in terms of delivering the proper intent and intensity with her role. Chad Faust (Jesse) was pretty much the only"bully" I gave a fudge about; charismatic and natural.
T & A
You got to shave when you wear short skirts like Tamara does…and I don’t mean your legs! Too bad her top stayed on! We do see her in her undies though…NICE!
DIRECTING
Jeremy Haft did an admirable job, building minor tension, sprucing the whole up with slick angles/quick cuts and delivering enough flashiness to wake up the low attention spanned of the world. Too bad the screenplay couldn’t keep up!
SOUNDTRACK
We get so “okay” rock ditties, lousy rap tunes and a serviceable score.
BOTTOM LINE
If you’re gonna set up your film as a smutty, B-Movie with grating immature teens getting axed by a sexually charged chick from hell, don’t go and hold back on the sex fun and the vengeance man! That’s just wrong! The wandering around in “mind control” and “lovey dovey” land spiel I got instead just didn’t cut it for me! Although evenly paced, fairly graphic with its red grub and showing off one of the sexiest “newcummers” of the year in Jenna Dewan, TAMARA deviated too much from what it should’ve been for me to give it a full middle finger up.
BULL'S EYE
Screenwriter Jeffrey Reddick also wrote Final Destination 1-2-3 and the upcoming Day of the Dead remake.

Jenna Dewan is 5' 3" and has toured with Puff Daddy, Diddy or whatever that clown is called as a dancer.

VISIT THE OFFICIAL TAMARA SITE HERE

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2:23PM on 01/03/2006

Disappointing

I agree 100% with your review, Arrow. Disappointing flick that never lived up to it's full potential.
I agree 100% with your review, Arrow. Disappointing flick that never lived up to it's full potential.
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