A post-"Matrix" blend of illuminati-style conspiracy and period thriller, with Mark Dacascos as a martial arts-practicing Iroquois tossed in for good measure, it's no wonder "Brotherhood" enraptured my high school self: its slow-motion action sequences and gothic horror stylings are a straight dopamine injection to a teenage boy's brain. Still, the film leaves one wishing Christophe Gans had been more prolific.
After rewatching this movie I find the stylized, over-aestheticised manner hard to bear. Especially the numerous slow motion sequences and the frequent slow crossfades (both elements deriving from the 1999 "Matrix") represent a typical kind of turn of the millennium cinema that appears - in my opnion - very kitschy today.
Loosely based around the bizarre events that occurred in the now former French providence of Gévaudan during the mid-18th century involving the so-called 'Beast(s) of Gévaudan.' The scenes with the monster tended to be the best and most memorable in the entire movie. Other than that, everything was too melodramatic and bogus.
Loved the cinematography, the acting, set pieces and costumes but this movie had an identity crisis. is this movie a historical martial arts horror film? I really wanted it to make up its mind. Enjoyable but I just couldn't get passed the identity crisis it had.