OK, this isn’t perhaps the most obscure topic to start a thread about, but I haven’t seen any mention of this here on the forum.
Ravenous was released in the late ‘90s I believe and deals with the concept that “each man kills the thing he loves” (or something like that), but with cannibals and Robert Carlyle chewing scenery in a way that only he does so well. Need I mention there’s also a walnut-chomping Jeffrey Jones that delivers a masterful performance that is somehow comical and endearing.
Not to give anything away (I don’t think I am), but Pearce’s character is a cowardly soldier (in the Civil War I believe) who plays dead and is piled amongst the dead where he tastes the blood of his comrades only to discover this inhuman strength and desire for meat. He single-handedly captures the enemy fort and becomes a ‘hero’ eventually being re-positioned to an outpost far from battle to be forgotten. It is while there that a naked man stumbles into the fort claiming to have escaped from a mad cannibal captain. I won’t go into the story from there, but suffice it to say that it’s a wonderful film that’s darkly comedic with some truely excellent performances, especially by Guy Pearce who has the unenviable role of being the unwilling cannibal ‘hero’.
AND on the subject of Guy Pearce, is it just me or does he portray self-loathing in such an exquisite and inimitable way? Unfortunately, he’s starred in several lackluster films (Time Machine, the Hard Word, Brothers, Factory Girl [though an excellent Andy Warhol], and First Snow) and typical Hollywood efforts (Count of Monte Cristo, Rules of Engagement) so I don’t think we’ve seen the peak of his potential yet.
But what about The Proposition, Memento, and L.A. Confidential? I’m interested in reading everyone’s opinion on all this.
First seen by me in “Adventures of Priscilla”, I’ll always remember him in those Oscar-winning costumes.
Ravenous is one of those rare little gems in film-making where everything went wrong to create an amazingly understated and fun little film with great actors.
I LOVE THIS FILM! I had a friend who brought me to it in the theater when it first came out. I had heard nothing about it and walked in knowing nothing. It’s such a great blend of genres and the mix of music from Damon Albarn and Michael Nyman is a great blend as well.
if you ever get a chance, you should watch it with the director’s audio commentary on the DVD. A lot more went into this film than meets the eyes, and the obstacles created by it’s own crew is what lead to it’s horrific marketing campaign and the terrible performance in the box office.
also love Ravenous! Guy Peace:):) saw him play Sweet Bird of Youth’s Chance Wayne on stage, hard role! he was so good – hope y’all have seen Proposition