Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Burning Bright

Burning Bright 2010
Director: Carlos Brooks
Writers: Christine Coyle Johnson and Julie Prendiville Roux
Starring Garret Dillahunt, Briana Evigan, Charlie Tahan and Meatloaf
With the SYFY monster movie of the week they have come out with a lotof killer nature movies and one I remember in particular was Maneater with Gary Busey which was a dead rip off of Jaws with a tiger. When I heard about Burning Bright that is what I thought it was but this is a far superior film to that and a very tense one too. It’s really only a 3 actor film but it does not make you feel slighted in anyway. This is a tense killer tiger movie and the viewer is on the edge of his seat throughout the film. The film starts off slow with some characterization pieces but that really benefits the film and does make you care for the 2 lead characters that will be in jeopardy later. The stepfather character is portrayed as a opportunistic douche bag who really you love to hate. The tiger looks good and primal and you definitely fear for the characters. All in all this is a film that really delivers.
The plot basics are this, right before a major hurricane is going to hit a man (Dillahunt) buys a tiger from another man (Meatloaf). He warns him that this creature is evil but he still wants it to pen up a wild safari show. He has 2 stepchildren Kelly (Evigan) and Tom (Tahan). Kelly is trying to find care for her autistic brother so she can go to college. But the funds that were supposed to be in her bank account are withdrawn by Johnny. She then brings him to the house and confronts him but he says the money is his and so her and Tom stay at the house during the hurricane. Little does she know is that the tiger has gotten loose and is now roaming the house looking for food.
This is a tense and suspenseful film. Brooks’ direction is taut. He starts the film up on a slow burn but once the tiger is let loose it is a thrill ride till the ending. One of the best scenes is where Kelly hides in the laundry chute, that scene is very tense and better done than the same scene was done in Halloween 5. The script is good too. It develops the characters first, so you will care about them when they are in jeopardy. Once the tiger is on the prowl though, the story really gets going. The cast is solid as well. Dillahunt is a douchey antagonist and when he gets what’s coming to him you will cheer. Evigan is a very sympathetic lead and looks quite good as the damsel in distress. Tahan also pulls off the autistic child without being too annoying. The brief performance by Meatloaf is one of the best parts of the film too. The SFX and make up effects are minimal but pulled off really well. The CGI tiger is pulled off really well. The score by Zack Ryan is tense and haunting and really helps the ambience of the film. This is a great nature goes wild horror film and well worth seeing.
This one gets 4 out of 5

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