The Pack (2010)

The Pack (2010)

📅12 November 2011, 20:30

Don’t pick up hitchhikers and especially don’t take a liking to them if you do.

The Pack (2010)
Directed By: Franck Richard

The Prologue
So, The Pack or La meute if you live in some parts of the world, is a horror film that I give a lot of credit to for doing some new stuff and trying some new stuff. These days, I’m just happy to see something different that isn’t a remake. But if this films does garner it’s self a fan base here in the states, you have to assume we’ll get an American remake at some point, since that is apparently what we do now. But if that ever happens or not, we at least got this film here to enjoy (for the most part), so let’s start rambling and get to discussing this thing!

The Movie
In the middle of no man’s land, Charlotte picks up Max, a hitchhiker; they stop in a truck-stop restaurant, and when Max doesn’t come back from the bathroom, Charlotte starts looking for him in vain. She decides to return during the night but gets kidnapped by the bartender, La Spack, who turns out to be Max’s mother and needs to feed her kids, ‘The pack’, a bunch of blood lusting ghouls. Charlotte now faces a terrifying reality: these ghouls are already dead… and hungry. Alone and in the middle of nowhere, she quickly realizes… she’s next on the menu!

This film just gives off a unique vibe that I think remains for the most part until it’s odd conclusion. It’s well acted and for the most part, it’s well written. When the film kicks off, you can tell something bad is coming, and come it does a little sooner than later. Which is another perk this film has, it doesn’t pussy foot around before getting to it’s point. I also want to give major credit to our two main leads, Émilie Dequenne and Benjamin Biolay. I had never seen them before now, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see them again sometime down the road in other films.

Now I do take a little issue with parts of the film’s plot. And here I shall try to get into detail without giving too much away, but I’m sure if you’ve seen this you’ll know where I’m coming from. After the evil plan of the film’s villain take place and is well in effect, we still seem to have a connection of sorts between two important characters and it doesn’t add up as to why. And when the tables get turned and we dive into our third act, I feel like the way people act are way too forgiving and just not logical thinking for anyone who might be in this situation. It does take you out of the movie ever so slightly, and just makes you scratch your head a bit. And I do think anyone who’s seen this should agree with what I’m saying.

But the gore is good and of the none CGI variety. Gotta love that, and I do love that. There’s drama, suspense, and a ton of violence (especially near the end). The ending tosses a few abrupt curve balls at you, but for the majority of it’s time it doesn’t go too far off the page. I think folks could be split on the ending, I was a little torn at first but I think now I accept it more and like it better than I originally did. None the less, it’s not perfect but it’s well worth seeing. Oh, and did I mention enough how much I enjoyed Émilie Dequenne in this? Yeah, she’s cute..and a good actor too of course.

The Conclusion
It’s new, it’s creative, and it’s got gore and good actors. It does get a little messy in the last part of the film, and logic at times does not appear to be anyone’s strong point. But you know what? I liked it regardless. It’s got it’s issues, but it’s a joy overall and I think you should check it out if you haven’t.

The Rating (7.5/10)        

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