Lionsgate // 2011 // 80 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // March 4th, 2011
An exotic tale of lust and revenge.
Three friends head out on their boat for a fun vacation of swimming and eyeing-each-other-suspiciously. See two of the three friends are guys, one of whom is dating the attractive young lady who rounds out the trio. Friend #1 loves his lady and they take to having sex below deck real discrete and all, while Friend #2 hangs out on the poop deck grinning like an idiot. Little does Friend #1 know -- his pal secretly pines after his girlfriend.
All this soap opera give-and-take abruptly ends when the group happens upon a random island and finds two survivors: a guy who is crazy and immediately dies on their boat and a sexy woman who may not be up to some good. As the mystery lady infiltrates the group, strange things start happening and lo and behold, it turns out that the title of this movie can be taken quite literally.
Siren is not a bad little suspense thriller. It's not an erotic extravaganza as the tagline and salacious disc cover art would have you believe, but as a tidy bit of supernatural-flecked horror, it delivers the goods. The villain is easy on the eyes, yet harbors a maliciousness that isn't fully realized until the end in a cool payoff. I liked how her malfeasance was handled; I knew she was up to no good sure, yet the insidiousness of her evil intent was dealt out judiciously, extended the suspense and making the final revelation that much more entertaining.
On the other end, our heroes aren't terribly interesting. The two guys are pills and I immediately forgot about them once the credits rolled. The girl caught in the love triangle offers a bit more, thanks to the weirdo, spontaneously carnal relationship she strikes up with the siren. As the two dudes go insane, she becomes the de facto heroine -- all the way up to the nifty, if ambiguous finale scene.
All in all, not a bad time. Siren is lean, dirty and surprising. Worth a look for fans of suspense terror.
Lionsgate's DVD is no-frills: a solid 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 surround and some forgettable deleted scenes.
Not Guilty. Sing it out.
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Scales of Justice
* 2.35:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Running Time: 80 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Rated R
* Deleted Scenes