Monday, April 4, 2016

Film Review: Dying Breed (2008)

Dying Breed (Review)
Format Viewed For Review: Amazon Prime
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: Yes

"It was not original, it was not exciting, and it certainly was not frightening."

Nina (Mirrah Foulkes) and her boyfriend, Matt (Leigh Whannell), along with another couple, travel to Tasmania to find an extinct tiger. On their trip, they find something much more horrendous...

Dying Breed is a simple story – something probably best for a short film. This story follows Nina and Matt, as well as Jack, Matt's douchebag friend, and his girlfriend, Rebecca. The group travel to Tasmania to aid Nina in her search for an extinct tiger. They mingle with some townsfolk while Jack causes some problems, then they enter the woods. They search around for the tiger and argue a bit. That's really all that happens in the first hour – all of it! It's not until the final act that they are attacked and the story starts to go places. It doesn't really go anywhere interesting or new, but it finally starts moving. The film leads to one of those endings where it continues to drag on and on. You know, the ending where it fades out and you think it's over, then another scene occurs; and, when that scene fades out, it repeats the process until you're begging it to finish. That kind of ending.

I was not a big fan of Dying Breed. The concept was interesting. It was really nothing new or exciting, but it was interesting. There are also some very gory deaths and creepy visuals, most of which occur towards the end. Unfortunately, that's all the praise I can really sing for the film. Perhaps it's because I've watched so many films, but I've just grown very tired of these douchebag characters that only serve to infuriate other characters in the film and the actual audience. I know I'm not going to love every character, but it's time for horror to get past this point. The rest of the characters are forgettable, but at least they aren't annoying. The story feels very hollow and stretched out. In other words, it can get very boring since hardly anything happens. It initially caught my attention, but I quickly became disengaged from all of it. It was not original, it was not exciting, and it certainly was not frightening.

The acting is mostly decent. Mirrah Foulkes and Leigh Whannell are decent. The supporting cast was also okay. Some of the darker scenes can strain your eyes, but it otherwise looks decent. I don't remember any of the music, so it must not have been good or bad – maybe it was nonexistent, I don't know. The film is written by Michael Boughen and Rod Morris, and directed by Jody Dywer. For the most part, this felt like a short film stretched out to reach a "feature length" runtime. Due to the generic and uneventful writing and simple direction, the film is boring. The direction isn't bad per se, the film is competently crafted, but it does nothing to engage the viewer. It's a missed opportunity.

Overall, Dying Breed is a boring film. I hate to say it's bad because it is competently-made, but it just isn't very good. Hell, I'd argue boring is worse than bad anyway. From the generic characters to the uneventful plot, the film fails to leave an impression. Gorehounds may enjoy the final act, but, by then, it was too little, too late.

Score: 3/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, some nudity and sex.

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