Ravenous (***) - I’m always entertained by films that relish in its violence. Not that this is always good, but the violence becomes the star of this movie and it truly is the main character. After all, this film is essentially about cannibals, and the recruitment of future cannibals.It’s a very hard film to describe in a genre fashion. It has elements of horror, but the key elements that would make it a horror film are never justified as fact, but mere theory. It’s not really an action film, but has a terrific final mano-a-mano sequence and a wonderfully intense massacre at about the 45-minute point. These two sequences alone were almost enough for me to enjoy the film. But it also has a really sly sense of humor going for it and then prevents it from being an all-out gore fest - even though it has more blood than any film I’ve seen since Saving Private Ryan. Jeffrey Jones probably pulls off the best performance in the film as our hero Guy Pierce seems to exist in a constant state of REM sleep, yet its an appropriate mood for his cowardice character. Robert Carlyle is an easy candidate for Psycho of the Year and he has a lot of fun with his role.Bottom line: the film entertained me. It was refreshing to see a fight sequence that wasn’t so one-sided plus to watch a film that I had no clue where it was going or what was going to happen next. It also has the best final image of the year so far and its one that I’m gonna remember. The film earns its three stars on these merits alone.