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Brotherhood of the Wolf
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by Scott Weinberg

"Costume drama, Action flick, Horror movie, Political French."
4 stars

Wild, beautiful to look at, and unabashedly wacky, Brotherhood of the Wolf is proof positive that Hollywood doesn't own exclusive rights to the "Enjoyable B-Movie".

French director Christophe Gans (Crying Freeman, Necronomicon) has patched together one of the most strangely beautiful movies ever to reach American shores. Equal parts Jaws, Sleepy Hollow, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the classic tale of Beowulf, this movie is a slick, entertaining and visually stunning surprise. And yes, it's in French. Those averse to subtitles need not apply.

While it's loosely based on the true tale of "The Beast of Gevaudan", Brotherhood of the Wolf is most assuredly a "fiction" piece. Although there were a rash of unexplained deaths around that French town in the late 18th century, the movie branches away from the legend and offers its own peculiar interpretation.

The King of France has dispatched biologist and all-around nature export Cheavlier de Fronsac to the besiged town in the hopes of eliminating the beast. Over the course of several months, an unseen wolf has been devouring villagers unfortunate enough to been caught alone on the moors. Fronsac arrives with his mysterious sidekick Mani, a Native American fighter he met up with in New France. (That's Canada to you and me.)

Through the course of his investigations, Fronsac encounters friend and foe, discovers some rather unsavory political machinations, a cadre of unpleasant woods-folk and finds himself forced to battle man and beast. All in all, the plotline of Brotherhood of the Wolf is relatively familiar, but the film succeeds for numerous other reasons.

Visually, this one is a real feast. The breathtaking landscapes of 18th century France are depicted quite wonderfully, Gans's operatic flair with his camera is evident throughout, and the numerous battle sequences are a joy to behold. Imagine if Michael Bay and Tim Burton co-directed an old fashioned werewolf flick, and then John Woo dropped in to helm the fight scenes.

If you think all foreign films are stuffy and inaccessible, here's solid comic-book of a movie that will make you feel more cultured. While a few unintentionally humorous moments are peppered throughout, Brotherhood of the Wolf manages to enthrall and entertain for most of its ample running time.

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User Comments

12/15/10 Josie Cotton is a goddess Looks great, but it really shouldn't take 2-hours to tell this simple stroy 3 stars
12/26/09 Merlin Cool movie based on real facts, who cares about historical inaccuracy? 5 stars
5/15/07 Bryan Based of History with a twist....GREAT!!!! 5 stars
9/14/06 Booksworm Good plot. Great action.BUT THAT WAS NO DAMN LION! 5 stars
2/12/06 chris f great film 5 stars
8/13/05 ES Fight, fight, fight, monster, fight, conspiracy, fight, RC church, fight, the end 3 stars
6/20/05 K. Sear A fun movie but it tried a little too hard in some places. 4 stars
1/11/05 Elizaveta very odd with a little too much native-american stereotyping. still enjoyable however 4 stars
6/02/04 Jim Possibly the best, and certainly the longest, film about a giant hedgehog. 4 stars
2/23/04 Naturezrevenge Fabooo. Looks like my dogs.Indian guy is hot.Good plot. Me like satanists and beasty thing. 5 stars
12/12/03 adam if you prefer plot driven action over action driven plot you'll love it. 5 stars
8/03/03 Shams Huque Great film visually... two nice action sequences. 4 stars
6/20/03 Sammy i thought the french sucked but they are pretty good at making a film 4 stars
5/22/03 Quinn Better than every french film ever made 5 stars
5/03/03 Gray total historical inaccuracy 2 stars
3/28/03 Stevo mad max+ sleepy hollow+ dangerous liaisons+the relic + crouching tiger= mad as fuck 4 stars
1/10/03 Paul Coleman Spectacular sleeper sensation!! Don't miss this one!! 5 stars
1/08/03 Mitsaso Monica Bellucci should have bigger part. 4 stars
12/17/02 aiken drum Could have ended up a bad cgi movie, but ended up so much more 5 stars
12/12/02 Jem Richards Ridiculous, flashy direction, hilarious (although not intentionally). Who wrote this? 1 stars
11/20/02 Sacre Bleu! About 1/2 hour too long; iffy CGI; average at best 3 stars
11/13/02 m.o.v A delightful change to Hollywood mainstream action movies! Different, smart, beautiful. 5 stars
11/12/02 Fonq35 Wack! It stars Mark "Straight to video " Dacascos.. c'est horrible avec beaucoup de fromage 2 stars
11/07/02 Crouching Randy: Hidden Savage Overly Long, but still in enjoyable flick in the tradition of Hong Kongs Best 4 stars
10/17/02 ownerofdajoint checkthispuppyout 4 stars
10/15/02 Morally Sound One kick ass movie! The bone-sword was slick. 5 stars
10/10/02 JesseL One of the best boogey man movies I have ever seen. 5 stars
10/09/02 spyguy2 Oh that is entertainment! A cool mess of a movie that is totally compelling. 5 stars
10/05/02 rue the whirl a beautiful lobotomy 2 stars
10/02/02 Headshot Very good. Worth a Look 4 stars
4/15/02 james Are you guys high? This is the worst piece of shit movie ever! 1 stars
4/07/02 Jessica Moorleghen a 2 hour respite from anything contemporary 5 stars
3/09/02 trigger amazing visuals, very cool cinematography 5 stars
2/25/02 n6ko tasty, with a hint of rosemary. lavish spread 5 stars
2/23/02 Chris Any movie that has an Iriquois Ninja and Furry fish from Canada gets my vote... 5 stars
2/21/02 Sharlah Green This movie is full of fun and it's so entertaining! 5 stars
2/17/02 malcolm would have been 5 stars if i didn't have to read subtitles. gorgeous from top to bottom. 4 stars
2/17/02 AgentDS Does John Woo have a french clone? 4 stars
2/17/02 Britt This was the worst movie I have ever seen. Seriously. 1 stars
2/16/02 Kisuta Entertaining and excellant visuals 4 stars
2/10/02 Gil Carlson B-, visually stunning, but loopy 4 stars
2/10/02 Monster Mashh I thought this was a movie about Wolf Blitzer's gay love affairs. Thank goodness it wasn't 5 stars
2/06/02 INCUBATOR Very stylish plus beautiful storyline 4 stars
2/05/02 M Baker Very cool 4 stars
2/03/02 Rogue DAMN! 5 stars
2/02/02 David I didn't know American Indians could kick so much ass. 5 stars
2/01/02 Gamps Hollywood meets French filming for a monster movie. Tight. 4 stars
1/27/02 Jimmy James excellent movie! 4 stars
1/25/02 Ron Big disappointment. Way too long (And i like long movies!) incomprehensible ending. Bad CG 2 stars
1/23/02 Jamie Madrox The wasn't a wolf. But ok. 4 stars
1/20/02 Artist Freak Interesting hybrid of horror movie, Matrix style camera work &a French 18th C period piece 4 stars
1/20/02 BttMnch A disappointment. This is one long-ass movie--I couldn't wait for it to end. Overrated. 2 stars
1/19/02 Zac Cook Horrible! The monster looked like it was made on a home computer! Don't see this movie! 1 stars
1/19/02 JJ sucked balls 1 stars
1/17/02 Titus Fascinating, stunning, fun. I didn't want it to end 5 stars
1/15/02 Nyartholep I liked it. A little high on the "That came out of nowhere" factor, but still fun. 4 stars
1/14/02 cool dude the movie was cool 5 stars
1/09/02 Harper Sloane Has everything - Big Wolfs,Kung fu,French 18th costumes and bosoms. Top show 5 stars
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