The power of my remote control is absolute. I wield it without remorse and thus most of my precious viewing time is spent watching things that I enjoy. I don’t often get conned out of my time but this film swindled me and I resent that.
Above the title on the DVD box is the following quote:
ME JUMP OUT OF MY SEAT’
I’m sure you already know which way this review is going. Like the man said : ALMOST
I didn’t get a “shoerack of Bigfoots” or a “stink of Bigfeet” - whatever the collective noun may be. I didn't get the bloodthirsty rampage through the undergrowth as advertised.
Instead I got gaping plot holes, miscounted cameras & hillbillies giving out deliverance style hugs.
Look: Handheld camera work is not as bad as it can often be.
Positives: The filmmakers were trying to make a comment on humans being more terrible than any monster we could imagine hiding in the woods. It took me quite some time to work that out, but I think that was the subtext. I do believe that with a few heavy handed tweaks this could have been a good film, but alas too late now.
Negatives: I’ve listed too many already, let’s go and get on with our lives.
Two brothers and the older one’s girlfriend are heading deep into the sticks to make a documentary about Bigfoot. On arriving they take selfies standing under the town’s Bigfoot statue, hilariously this is almost as much of Bigfoot you will see for the entire film. After a brush with some of the locals the three find a guide and head into the woods. It doesn’t take long for them to get lost & no one is surprised.
Watching the couple interact in the forest, I can only compare with the sensation of going to someone’s house for dinner and then while watching your hosts kick off into a hellish argument you realise that you have no way to escape.
Night 1: After a second encounter with the gun toting, ganja growing locals, the trio sets up camp. Noises are heard from the darkness while the witless three cower in their tent.
During the second day it becomes very apparent that someone has dismantled their trail of bread crumbs. No-one takes the news well. Instead hey sit on a log and wait to die.
Day 4: Having lost the girl the night before the defenceless brothers take stock of their supplies: water, deodorant and a tiny bit of toilet paper. Later & still unarmed they come across a pick axe stuck into a log which clearly has been left there to send them a ‘message’. In defiance they throw the weapon away into the bushes. I applaud their genius and hope that Bigfoot has lots of indigestion tablets, because that’s a lot of stupid to eat in one sitting. How wrong I was.
80 minutes of unscripted dialogue later I’ve heard more f-bombs dropped than in a South Park marathon and very little else. I’m just glad the movie is over. Bigfoot did appear, if only for a second but the movie intentionally wasted my time. Like one of those telesales calls where the person lies just to keep you on the phone, I don’t so much mind that they lie to me, but it bothers me that they don’t respect me enough to tell a good lie.
I wish I’d just read a book.