Ravenous is the story of American war hero John Boyd (Guy Pearce). He is sent to a remote military outpost in the Rockies, which is manned by various misfits (gibbering religious Private Toffler, drunken Major Knox, lonely Col. Hart, stoner Private Cleaves). One night a Scotsman named Colquhoun (Robert Carlyle) appears, and tells them how his group got lost and were forced to eat each other for food. He says that there may be a woman left alive, and so some of the men go to look. The resulting barmy tale is superb black comedy, and director Antonia Bird handles the action with skill, as well as treating the more serious scenes with the respect that they deserve. Interestingly, the project went through three directors before shooting began, but Bird appears to have been a perfect choice.
Guy Pearce is excellent as Boyd, and though his character has little to say, Pearce handles playing Boyd well. Robert Carlyle is also brilliant, his performance has to be seen to be believed. The cast is full of superb character actors, who are Jeffrey Jones (Sleepy Hollow, Devil's Advocate) as Col. Hart, Neal McDonough (Minority Report, TV's Boomtown) as the tough soldier, John Spencer (The Rock, The Negotiator) as the insensitive General, and the brilliant Jeremy Davies as Private Toffler. The film also has a suprisingly good performance from David Arquette as Private Cleaves.
Also, listen out for the bizarre score by Damon Albarn and Michael Nyman. Overall, this film is insane, but it is also a work of genius.
The DVD has three commentaries: one from Bird and Albarn, one from Jones and the screenwriter Ted Griffin, and a solo effort from Robert Carlyle. Carlyle's commentary is funny and engaging, and the others are worth a listen. There are deleted scenes, some of which deserved to be in the finished film, with optional commentary from Bird, a trailer, and photo galleries. A nice single disc package which is well worth buying.