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Savageland (2015) – Movie Review

Savageland (2015) - Movie Review

Before we get started, I need to give a shout-out to both Johnny and Howard for putting this title in front of me (they both actually contacted me on the same day – great minds think alike boys!) 🙂

Anyway, I was pretty stoked to hear about this as a lot of the ‘dodgy’ film sites are being blocked in the UK at the moment.

This isn’t usually a problem as someone in London throws up a proxy within a week or two…but it still manages to set my research back!

So, if you are reading this you are probably a regular to the site – don’t hold back – contact me whenever you come across something I’d be interested in!

The contact form on this site actually leads straight to my personal gmail account so we can converse from there easily enough (just don’t try and sell me anything – I ain’t buying!).

The Plot

Okay, we’ve got a small town near the Arizona-Mexico border that has seen better days…well it’s population has been completely wiped out…except for one immigrant survivor (and as you can imagine – that poor sod is right in the sh#t with the authorities).

So he’s pretty much taking the blame for killing everyone there – but he has a much different version of events…

Impressive

This was the second mockumentary film I sat through the other night – the first being Population Zero (which I’ll put up on this site sometime this week).

It’s not often that I get to watch two excellent films from this genre in the same night – but Savageland just edged out ahead in the race.

It was highly impressive, and atmospheric, from the word go.

The film does a great job of telling the story in a variety of ways – newspaper clippings, court artwork, photographs and interviews.

When a mockumentary manages to get it right – it gets it RIGHT!

Savageland got it right…through about 99% of the experience.

It’s extremely believable, and this is mainly down to the quality of the actors that are playing interviewed characters.

You won’t recognize any of them – they’ve probably been stuck doing commercials or children’s TV for most of their career…but they really pull out a blinder for this motion picture.

It’s always the same with Found Footage films – if you get the acting right – the rest will fall into place. You don’t even need a great plot – it will just work.

This did have a great plot though – an extremely impressive, ambitious and original plot (for this genre).

They could of f##ked it up quite easily – but they pulled it off in style.

Conclusion

There was only one poor showing in this film, and we’ll get to that in a moment. As I touched on above – 99% of this movie was damn impressive!

The attention to detail, layout and cinematography of the experience was incredibly well thought out.

Savageland takes a very well used movie monster and a very well used plot, but travels its story in an extremely unique way.

Simply put – the Found Footage (or mockumentary) genre has not attempted to try out this plot before…because it’s a hard one to pull off.

If I had to label it, I would say it’s a cross between Night of The Living Dead and The Bay – now, if that doesn’t sound cool…I don’t know what does?

Full credit has to go to directors (and writers) Phil Guidry and Simon Herbert here. They knew what direction to go with the film and they nailed it.

The ONLY downside to the film was actually the ONLY  true Found Footage segment near the end – it was complete pants…and it sort of left me feeling a little short-changed.

The audience travels a long way through this story – surely we deserve something a little better than that footage effort?

But that was the only downside to the film…

A slow burner that manages to be dark, gripping and in some parts disturbing – well worth watching!

Chris

4 Comments

  1. hey chris have you seen dark tapes yet i have been trying to find it online. i have heard good things.

    • Hmmm Dark Tapes? Sounds familiar but I’m not sure? Is it a new release (i.e 2016/17)?

      • Yup, came out this year to rave reviews. Been looking for a legal (or less than legal) way to watch it online as well!

        • Hi Rushabh,

          Been looking myself over the last week or so – no luck so far on all the dodgy sites! How about you?

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