Jackals

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jonbly
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Jackals

Post by jonbly » Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:20 pm

5/10 - Too many jackals spoiled the broth on this one... little tension to be generated when the ending is inevitable. A bit flat anyway.

Jon H
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Re: Jackals

Post by Jon H » Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:00 pm

A home invasion movie that would have benefited from rather more home invasion and less of the world's stupidest family taking a inordinate amount of time to argue/cry/work through their neurosis. A genuinely unnerving first 20 mins gets Jackals 5/10 but it sadly fell apart after that.

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Re: Jackals

Post by DavieT » Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:44 pm

Bit meh for me. Started promisingly but then faltered - obvious what the outcome was going to be.

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Re: Jackals

Post by hingethunder » Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:24 pm

I was rooting for the cult members to be honest

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Re: Jackals

Post by Alex J » Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:23 am

I loved the opening which had plenty of action and swapped genres before settling down on one, but I agree with the comments about the characters being stupid / unlikeable, while I felt there were some missed opportunities to really make an impact
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e.g. the filmmakers eschewed the chance to have a memorable immolation death.
Still, I liked the Jackals and would be interested in seeing them again in a new story. 7 / 10
No tears, please. It's a waste of good suffering.

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Re: Jackals

Post by Oswald Cobblepot » Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:06 am

Perfectly competent, but not very good. Annoying witless characters, and nobody to root for. The baddies looked cool in their masks but that was about it.
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Once the sheer number of cultists became apparent it was obvious they didn't have a hope in hell, especially as they were totally unprepared. Then it just became a dull exercise of waiting to see how and when each of them would die. The answers were not very interesting or surprising.

Stephen Dorff, who was supposed to be the expert on all of this, was an idiot. Oh, there's a cultist, I think i'll wander off into the woods with a tiny torch by myself... fuck me, I'm surrounded ! His dying words - 'I underestimated them', you think ?
Just made me want to watch the far superior You're Next again.

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