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Big Bad Wolves

Studio: Magnet
Directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado

Jan 16, 2014 Web Exclusive
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Rogue cop Miki (Lior Ashkenazi) teams up with grieving father Gidi (Tzahi Grad) to interrogate Dror (Rotem Keinan), whom they believe raped and murdered Gidi’s young daughter. Writer-directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s film isn’t for the squeamish. It’s brutal, as are the acts committed upon Dror, although the helmers infuse the film with well-placed humor throughout, easing the tension when most needed. Bordering at times on torture porn, Wolves lacks a character to root for: no one is good, they are only varying degrees of bad.

Most laudable is the directors’ success at crafting the film to resemble a fairy tale. The shots are framed like pictures in a storybook, the opening immediately conjures Hansel and Gretel, and the filmmakers even introduce a handsome prince character, though his presence is never fully explained. Wolves should appeal to fans of filmmakers such as Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino, and prove a solid foreign addition to the canon of gristly films wherein bad people do very bad things to other bad people.

Author rating: 5.5/10

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