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on 3 December 2015
No Spoilers. You know when you pick up a super cheap horror movie on DVD you’ve never heard of, just in case it turns out be a undiscovered masterpiece but it never ever is? This is one of those. So Wes Bently (whose career reads American Beauty, tons of s***, Interstellar) films a serial killer murdering someone and blackmails the killer into letting him do a no holds barred documentary on him with the condition he won’t release it unless the killer is/if caught. Of course he gets too close, the killer starts messing with him and drawing him in, Wes starts to lose his mind yadda dada da you know where it’s going but the journey is quite fun. The film has a small problem where the budget is a little bit too big. If it was zero budget filmmaking then the whole thing could have just been the finished in-movie documentary and that would have been more interesting. Instead, it’s very generic, falls down a lot of plot holes and cliches and relies on the protagonist being a complete and utter moron. It has some good moments and some individual scenes are very unnerving and unpleasant. Isn’t quite fresh enough to recommend.
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on 26 August 2015
Wes Bently and Mark Borkowski are really well cast in this gritty documentary thriller. We see obsession, addiction, failure and desperation fuelling the core of both of these characters. Mickey's nothing to lose attitude allows him to be lulled into a false sense of security, leading him into a dangerous trap of blackmail and manipulation with catastrophic outcomes.
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VINE VOICEon 6 February 2010
What are the chances that if you were hunting a serial killer you would catch him in the act of murdering one of his victims? Even Clarice Starling or Will Graham couldn't manage that and if it was so effortless the police would do it all the time .Well I presume they would. But that is premise behind The Ungodly ( which sounds like a supernatural horror but is nothing of the sort ) which is meant to be serious expose of the psychology of a serial murderer and therefore our obsession with them but spouts the usual serial killer clichés ( terrible childhood / otherwise living a normal life etc ) and makes it seem as dull ...as well my life except with a bit more blood and screaming .
Mickey Gravatski (Wes Bentley) is a budding filmmaker with an obsession about a murderer who is active in his city. His main objective, which unbelievably comes to fruition, is to catch the killer in the act and on film. His secondary goal, arguably even more unlikely is to blackmail the killer James Lemac (Mark Borkowski), into being the subject of a documentary .
The flaws with this are so obvious they might as well be driven around town on one of those big sandwich board vans . Not to Mickey though who was obviously looking the other way when the van passed by ( probably filming an alien abduction or something ) and comes over all surprised when Lemac starts messing with his head and doing things he shouldn't which put the filmmakers loved ones in danger.
Director Thomas Dunn seems to want to make a serious psychological study of the killer but then runs out of ideas half way through and resorts to the usual harem scarum b-grade horror/thriller guff we have all seen hundreds of times before. A queasy mixture of Henry - Portrait Of A Serial Killer [Uncut] [DVD] [1986] and Man Bites Dog [1992] [DVD] [1993] but without any of the raw power of the former or the pitch black satirical bravado of the latter The Ungodly ends up a preposterous slice of hokum rather than the commanding examination of a killers psyche it so desperately strives to be. The fact it is not even entertaining hokum is the final nail in it,s tawdry coffin.
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on 16 September 2015
Absolute rubbish. Worse story line ever I was very disappointed and can't believe I actually watched it all the way through.
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on 15 September 2015
Unexpected tantaliser.
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