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Overall Rating
2.3

Awesome: 2%
Worth A Look: 8%
Average48%
Pretty Bad: 2%
Total Crap: 40%

5 reviews, 20 user ratings



Cry_Wolf
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by Todd LaPlace

"Let the wolf have it."
1 stars

I’ve got something I need to say to you, “Cry_Wolf.” I know you think you’re all cool with that little underscore in your title, like you’re somehow hip or “down” with the teens. But you’re not. You’re actually kinda lame and no one is going to fall for your schtick. Now, not only are you a gutless little horror cliché, but you’re one that was outdated about five minutes after your release.

I honestly wanted to get into Jeff Wadlow’s “Cry_Wolf,” a teen slasher flick that had the potential to be an allegorical slam on modern technology. But more than anything, I was merely distracted by the killer getting the instant message screen name Wolf. How anyone could get such a simple, pure name is beyond me. Unless you misspell some words or attach four random numbers, you’re not getting the name you want. I know that’s not really the point, but when your target audience is so completely familiar with a key element of your plot, you’re destined to be in trouble. This kind of small detail is ultimately going to kill the picture.

Not that there was something overly great to kill anyway. Owen (Julian Morris) is a predictably sweet British troublemaker that falls in with the bored rich kid crowd, largely because of his crush on Dodger (the talented Lindy Booth). At a private high school in Virginia, I guess I shouldn’t expect this group to be terribly diverse, but they represent the dictionary definition of cliché. There’s the boring hunky white guy (“Gilmore Girls’” Jared Padalecki); the boring rebel (Jesse Janzen); the boring slut (Sandra McCoy); the boring token black guy (Paul James); the boring overweight outcast (Ethan Cohn); and the boring crafty Asian girl (Kristy Wu). I think I’m falling asleep just talking about them again. Not even Jon Bon Jovi (are the kids still listening to “Livin’ on a Prayer”?) as a shady journalism teacher can infuse this dud with any life.

Bored with their strict school (sensing the film’s best descriptive word?), the clique decides to take their lying game to the next level. Sparked by the murder of a local town girl, they invent a serial killer, an orange ski mask-wearing, knife-wielding maniac named The Wolf. To pull off the sadistic punk’d on their school, they have Owen forward an e-mail to the entire student body through a master list he shouldn’t have access to. There is something mildly inventive in how they use cell phones, e-mail and instant messaging to spread their brand of mayhem, but it never goes farther than a surface coolness. So many old horror movies are really thinly-veiled covers for discussions of social issues (commercialism in “Dawn of the Dead,” teenage vice in any ’80s slasher), and it seems like this one could do the same for the abundance of pointless technology that dominates American life, but as the killer starts IMing Owen, the movie just turns into another entry in the gutless PG-13 horror genre.

Being a 2005 horror movie, there is obviously going to be a twist ending, and in a complete shock, this one doesn’t disappoint. I’m not sure if I was too bored to see it coming or if it’s honestly crazy-inventive, but indeed I was pleasantly surprised. Of course, you do have to suspend your reason a bit, especially when the epilogue twists things even further, and by that point, it’s the case of too little, too late. If co-writers Beau Bauman and Wadlow could have put a little more time into developing the meat of their script — and upped the rating ante to R with a little more sex and gore — and not just stopped with twist , we’d have something a little more salvageable than this forgettable, immensely boring disappointment.

One of the film’s taglines — “Nobody believes a liar…even when he’s telling the truth” — is derived from the original fable by Aesop. But I believe it would have been more appropriate to crib from “The Fox and the Grapes.” “It’s easy to despise what you cannot get.” Therefore, “Cry_Wolf” must really hate positive reviews.

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originally posted: 02/26/07 10:19:51
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User Comments

10/13/13 David H. cliched, predictable, fluff 1 stars
8/08/10 PAUL SHORTT FEEBLE, PREDICTABLE AND BADLY ACTED 1 stars
9/03/08 Shaun Wallner This movie was Awesome!! Loved It. 5 stars
4/20/07 ashley great movie with a great and genius idea behind it 4 stars
3/09/07 David Pollastrini Not great not terrible 3 stars
2/28/07 CARLENE HAYTON THIS SUCKS! 1 stars
2/27/07 Charles Tatum Another by-the-numbers slasher flick 1 stars
12/05/06 Stanley Thai Some thinks this is a bad horror film but come to think this is really a good mystery. 4 stars
8/19/06 Beau i thought it was a good suspense thiller movie, but i didnt like the twist & average acting 3 stars
4/02/06 J00rmom It was n00by like your mum. 2 stars
3/24/06 jesika WHOA! totally disappointed! shit ass movie 1 stars
3/22/06 Rebecca Better than the average teenage horror/ thriller movie 4 stars
3/20/06 JeromeBosch Puerile yet somewhat efficacious. 4 stars
3/19/06 CJ Dumb twist 1 stars
2/23/06 Frank Rountree Bad acting, bad movie, etc. 1 stars
10/12/05 bff A good film 3 stars
9/27/05 Mary Kate Olsen Sheena Gonna Cry 3 stars
9/25/05 Brian O.K. FILM, DEFINITELY ENJOYED APRIL FOOLS DAY MORE - OOPS! SHOWING MY AGE THERE!!! 3 stars
9/19/05 R i can't believe you're all letting this film off so easy.. 1 stars
9/19/05 corinne surprisingly good. not the typical slasher film i expected it would be. 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  16-Sep-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 20-Dec-2005

UK
  13-Jan-2006 (12A)

Australia
  23-Mar-2006 (M)


Directed by
  Jeff Wadlow

Written by
  Jeff Wadlow
  Beau Bauman

Cast
  Julian Morris
  Lindy Booth
  Jared Padalecki
  Jon Bon Jovi
  Sandra McCoy
  Kristy Wu



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