Friday, November 15, 2013

Film Review: Friday The 13th (2009)

Friday The 13th (Review)
United States/2009
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...has everything you'd expect from an installment in this series."

Six weeks after group of sex-having, weed-loving friends are slaughtered at Camp Crystal Lake by the hockey-masked killer Jason Voorhees (Derek Mears), another group of friends arrive at a cabin in the very same woods...

The first 23 minutes or so of Friday The 13th introduces the classic formula the series is known for: drugs, sex, and slaughter in the woods. This first group of characters are a bit douchey, but ultimately likable. Unfortunately, the second group of character, of which we spend a bulk of the runtime with, are ultra-douchebags and incredibly cliché. On the other hand, we all know their fate, so it kinda cancels out. Essentially, the story has Jason picking each character off one by one with the most brutal methods. The film loses some steam towards the end, and the final act is a bit generic -- the last minute or so is a great throwback, though.

Despite both stories essentially using the same formula, I feel like the story would've been more enjoyable if the characters were switched. Also, there's this entire brother-sister subplot that doesn't make much sense, it hurts the film significantly. Jason Voorhees is large and intimidating in this film, executing his victims with brutal force. The kills are gory, with gallons of blood and a plethora of violence; the first set of kills are memorable, really cringe-worthy and even disturbing. There is some great suspense, and there are a few great chase scenes, as well. Really, Friday The 13th has everything you'd expect from an installment in this series.

The acting is competent enough. I mean, the film really doesn't demand much from its cast, it's more like: can you be a douche? How big are your breast and are you willing to rub them with baby oil? Derek Mears is fantastic as Jason Voorhees thanks to his intimidating size and ominous screen presence. The special effects and makeup are superb, I really enjoyed the gore effects in this film. (as disturbing as that may sound.) The cinematography is great, capturing a dark and eerie mood, much like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003).

Overall, Friday the 13th is a worthy reboot -- in fact, it's better than most of the franchise's later sequels. The introduction is superb, the rest is great, aside from the weak and unnecessary subplot. I recommend this film for gorehounds and fans of the series.

Score: 7/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, sex and nudity.

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