A vigilante cop and a vengeful father capture and interrogate an accused serial killer. What would you do if someone hurt the one you loved most? A revenge thriller with teeth, Big Bad Wolves delivers on its raw tension with operatic drama.
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I really hate these grim, cynical "revenge" movies that make the audience anticipate blood and do nothing more than pay lip service to the morality of retribution. Neither the director nor the characters seem to put any thought into their actions, which make the proceedings particularly dull. I liked the gliding camera towards the basement, but that's about it.
Released before Prisoners, this Israeli film is that had it been directed by the Coen Brothers. With an auteurist style and similar clever comedy, it acts like it asks social-political questions concerning the blurred moral line in the attainment of justice, but it's just an excuse for well-executed thrills. The false comfort of comedy may make its creepy factor hit harder to some, but to me it's just a fun time.
Superficially reminiscent of so many east Asian films in its baroque style, overbearing soundtrack and sadism, but without the cleverness and pretentious charm of Chan-Wook Park, Hong-Jin Na, Miike et al. The intended black comedy seems grotesque in all the wrong ways.
Slick and nasty torture revenge flick w/ undertones of dark comedy, tonally resembling the Coen brothers attempting horror. The Israeli context makes it more interesting. The film suggests the brutalizing consequences of violence are not only desensitization towards the suffering of others but becoming what you are fighting against. Violent means, even when justified, cannot lead to just ends.
Fascinating and often brutal study of the depths of depravity that man can stoop to whether it be in the name of justice, family, duty or guilt. A young girl is murdered and just as a disgraced cop is about to cross the line while kidnapping the chief suspect, the victim's father abducts both. What follows is a harrowing journey that has a soul of black comedy well hidden in a revenge fantasy get-up. Top marks.
I loved the way this was shot, the suspense was very gripping and kept me reeled in until the very end, and the brutal cycle of violence was very unnerving. Seeing a blowtorch be held to someone's chest was intense.