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Capt. John Boyd's cowardice during a horrific Mexican-American War battle earns him banishment to a desolate military outpost. He and his fellow soldiers find a man who had to resort to cannibalism...  View more >

Starring Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette...  View more >

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Jan 25, 2000
*YAWNS* *Thinks of the 2 hours of her life that has just been wasted* My boyfriend and i were the only ones in this movie...i wish I would have listened to him for once. The previews are totally misleading..this movie could have had potentential if the whole story was re-done. This is the worst movie of the year so far that i have seen...i am hoping that The Matrix will wash away this horrible experiance!!

Jan 25, 2000

First of all....I didn't like it. However I would recommend seeing it because it was strange, weird, scary, gross, and freaky film. So why the negative review?...well let me tell ya'. Prior to the movie, I went to an All-U-Can-Eat spaghetti dinner and then at the theater I ordered their largest size popcorn and soda. So if you add three heaping plates of red spaghetti, garlic bread, red punch, popcorn, and soda to a movie that has a tag line "You are who you eat!", then you are looking for trouble (or will at least receive a negative review from me.) This film about cannabism has been described as a cross between "Dances with Wolves" and "Alive", well it is and much more. It adds a touch of Dahmer and Gein, mixes it with some gross mass-killing scenes and now you have a movie that should not be seen prior to or after any meal (which pretty much means never.) The film takes place in the 1800s with a northeast wilderness setting. A group of soldiers at a fort in the middle of nowhere, stumble across an old myth that says if you drink the blood or eat the flesh of another human, you will gain their spirit and strength. Well, either Arnold or Sylvester have heard about this too or maybe they used more modern techniques of developing their strength...like tae bo. I am not ashamed to say that throughout the film I closed my eyes and imagined happier "Dances with Wolves" times rather than watch what was appearing on screen. In addition, the music score was eerie, the humor morbid and dark, and the actors kinda freaky. I recommend this film only as a video rental, howevr, you should serve it up with hot chicken wings and some type of red-colored drink, turn off all the lights, and every so often ask "did you hear something?". Bottom line...to truly enjoy or at least make it though this film, don't do an "All-U-Can-Eat" meal prior.

Jan 25, 2000
Not a bad film, but not a great film either. Guy Pearce (A very talented actor in my opinion) seems to have used this as a 'filler' between roles in more major productions.

I rated it as 'Wait For Rental' but it's sort of borderline between that and a 'Good' rating as it's probably worth seeing at the movies, but not essential.

Cannibalism will always be a controversial and tricky subject to handle on film. The makers of this movie seemed to have come up with a unique and interesting angle to the usual storyline and then proceeded to fail in the delivery somewhat by appearing to lose their sense of where they wanted that storyline to go, and how they wanted it to end.

I felt a lot of things were not explained to their fullest extent or clearly enough for those of us who actually look for a plot. Things such as how the effects of an earlier experience by Guys' character has a bearing upon his actions later when he is injured. Or a fuller understanding of what a 'Windigo' is.

It did seem a little rushed but is entertaining enough and I would say go see it.

P.S. Look out for one of the characters accidently kicking a pile of snow at the base of a tree. It moves as one because it's just some sort of snowlike cloth :-)

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