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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, 4 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Bear [DVD] (DVD)
I love bad horror movies, especially the ones featuring rampaging, preferably mutated, and murderous animals. This being said, do NOT watch Bear. I decided to view Bear with no allusions to how good it was going to be, in fact, I expected it to be bad. Nothing I have seen before prepared me for Bear.
If you dont want to read the reasons, I will let you know now that it was AWFUL. Truly Awful.
The acting, while not bad, was sometimes stunted, and either overacted, or underacted at most occasions. The storyline is poor, unrealistic, and stupid. The dialogue doesn't really flow and through the combination of the bad script and the dubious acting the characters seem very two dimensional and unrealistic, despite a great deal of character building time within in the film. And when I say a great deal, I mean LOADS. At one point I turned to my brother (who I was watching the film with) and said "Where's the bear in this?". And then even after all of the "plot building" and character building dialogue I managed to find no affinity with the characters whatsoever. What a waste of time. What we are jokingly calling a plot here is poor. Basically, two feuding brothers and there other halves are stranded in the woods, where - due to their own stupidity - they become captured by a vengeful bear. That is the storyline. And in my opinion, where all of the storyline of this film should have ended. However, the writers and director obviously thought that the plot would need expanding from there and decided to add all of the "character building plot point" parts to the film, which consist of vague dialog references and unrealistic heart-to-hearts, which are frankly not what we are paying to see here. If I wanted talk I would buy a chick flick. What this film needed was terrifying, pent-up, claustrophobic action, Cujo style. What we get is far from this. There are no full shots of an actual physical attack by the bear, mostly we see the bear every so often coming to push the stranded car, interspersed with the aforementioned scenes of dialogue.
Bear is a film that had great potential to be thrilling and tense, with a sense of desperation, but it fell well short of this. It is let down by a bad script and bad directing, and probably a low budget. However, they did use a real bear within the film, while not the towering, bloodthirsty, vicious beast we hoped for, it is a genuine bear in most of the scenes (those being the scenes actually containing bear, so about 20% of the film) and they used a bear puppet along with a man in a bear costume and a large teddy bear to good - if not hilarious - effect, so no CGI to let it down.
All in all, if you think you can stomach it, by all means give this film a go, even if it is just to set your "lowest standard" bar, but this is a film which I will not be watching again, or even adding to my collection of bad films (and this is coming from somebody who owns Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus). After all can you really believe in a film that's best line is "I'm going to skullf**k you in your stupid f***ing face!"?
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Initial post: 18 Sep 2010 18:20:47 BDT
Mr. K. Arts says:
oh dear, when i first saw this i nearly bought it straight up thanks for the review!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2011 01:31:17 GMT
You should buy it. It's so much better than Lakechloe says it is, but as a "lover of bad horror movies", maybe that's why he/she didn't like it-as it's not a bad horror at all, unlike 'Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus' which is awful bad.

Posted on 8 Jul 2013 08:45:55 BDT
A. W. Wilson says:
Dear Lakechloe- I won't bother writing my review having read yours. You say exactly what I feel. What a waste of a film, and...real bear(s) too!! How could the writer create such awful unsympathetic roles and expect us to empathise? (Oh! I too have MegaShark... )
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