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Wolf Moon

Lionsgate // 2010 // 124 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // June 18th, 2010

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson turns into a Schnauzer during a full moon.

The Charge

It will rip your heart out!

The Case

Hmmm, what does this movie about forbidden love between a hunky werewolf dude and a wide-eyed young girl remind me of? Oh, right, my senior year of high school.

No, silly, it's a total The Twilight Saga: New Moon knock-off, or at least that's the first thing I thought of, what with the title and subject matter. Then again, to be fair, it's not like the Twilight folks have a stranglehold on all things werewolf, so maybe the minds behind Wolf Moon just happened to try and latch onto the general wave of Lycan interest that's hit the pop culture consciousness as of late.

Regardless, the movie stinks.

There's a guy named Dan. He's a mysterious drifter. He seems to work out. His manliness and enigmatic demeanor catches the eye of a small-town girl named Amy. But Dan has a secret. When the full moon is out, he turns into a werewolf. Meanwhile, Amy's father is concerned about her choice in men as well as a recent rash of livestock mutilation that has ripped through the town? The culprit? You guessed it, a werewolf. Turns out there's another furry jackass running around, setting things up for an epic werewolf-on-werewolf throwdown in the middle of the night, which it makes it real hard to see the shifty special effects.

I did not care for Wolf Moon. If you've completely bought into the werewolf craze and are willing to suck up anything featuring a grown man rocking plastic incisors covered in fur, perhaps there's a boson's worth of value here—but you're going to have to be real trooper. Wolf Moon feels like an interminable experience, riddled with clichés and questionable effects work. It's also like watching a movie with sunglasses on.

Why must these movies be so dark? I know we're dealing with werewolves here and they only mess around at night, but there has to be full moon out, right? Can't the lighting guys fudge it a little bit, at least let the audience get a glance at the bodacious wolf action?

At just over two hours, the film is way too long, with much time devoted to fostering the relationship between Amy and Dan, and while watching their romance unfold isn't a total brain stabbing, it's certainly not legendary enough to jack into for 124 minutes. For such a simple plot (good wolf, bad wolf, pretty girl, wolves fight), Wolf Moon's epic runtime does no one any favors.

The disc: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 surround and a feature commentary with director Dana Mennie and actor Max Ryan.

The Verdict

Guilty. Put this wolf down.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 50

Perp Profile

Studio: Lionsgate
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• English
• Spanish
Running Time: 124 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Rated R
• Bad
• Horror

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