Sunday, October 26, 2014

Film Review: Omnivores (2013)

Omnivores (Review)
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
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"...a very chilling and effective film."

Marcos Vela (Mario de la Rosa), a highly-regarded gastronomic journalist, begins to investigate Clandestine restaurants at the request of an independent publisher. His investigation leads him to a dark discovery...

Omnivores is a simple yet effective horror film. The story follows Marcos Vela as he visits several Clandestine restaurants. He socializes with the other guests and he eats some rare food, such as fugu. Eventually, Marcos catches on to the possibility of a cannibalistic clandestine restaurant. It peaks his interest as a perfect fit for his research and he ventures deeper into this vicious world. The ending of the film lasted a bit too long – I felt like it started to drag without reason – but it was good enough.

Most of the film is good. In fact, I would say it was great. The film develops an ominous atmosphere from the beginning, and the themes of cannibalism are very creepy and chilling. The first half of the film works effectively in building up a shocking and impacting climax – not in the surprising sense, but more in the disturbing and violent sense. Regardless, the buildup is there and, more importantly, it works. Those who cringe at the sight of violence and gore may have some nightmares. I don't think this film has as much torture or gore as Hostel or Saw, but it is graphic and effective.

It's not the perfect film, though. I understand films can't be 100% realistic – I get it, it's unreasonable to expect that. However, there really has to be a line. I won't spoil the latter half of the film, although it does suffer from some inconsistent logic. But, I can use examples of earlier on in the movie. So, minor spoiler, this cannibal restaurant abducts people for their meat. That's clear and seems okay for the plot. However, the abductions are ridiculous. You're telling me someone can walk around with a meat tenderizer, knock a person out, and throw them in the trunk and no one will notice. There's one scene where a woman is kidnapped right after she walks away from her friends – it couldn't have been longer than 15 seconds – and you expect me to believe no one is going to notice.

Otherwise, the acting is great. Mario de la Rosa dominates most of the screen time – fortunately, he's charismatic and very genuine, especially in the latter half of the film. The supporting cast is also very strong. I love watching horror films with great acting, it makes the movie much more effective. The film looks decent, no complaints for the cinematography. The music is also good; however, it is often overwhelming – very loud and unnecessarily strong at times. Director Oscar Rojo delivers a very disturbing horror film; the themes are chilling, the atmosphere is immersive, there some solid tension and suspense, and the torture is cringe-worthy – all in all, it's a very chilling and effective film.

Overall, Omnivores is a very good horror film. In an age ruled by supernatural horror movies, I definitely appreciate a film like this. The concept is both chilling and daring but, more importantly, it's very well executed. It's a film that gave me chills quite a few times and kept me hooked from beginning to end. There are a few inconsistencies in the plot, but it was satisfying enough. It may not be a horror film for everyone, especially those who only watch supernatural horror, this is more of an acquired taste.

Score: 7/10
Parental Guide: Graphic violence and blood, full-frontal nudity and sex.

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