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Ravenous (1999)

Cast: Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Davies, more...
Director: Antonia Bird
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Drama, Black Comedy, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Cannibals
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

In 1847, many Americans made the journey across our continent in search of gold. Many failed to complete the journey or see their dreams come to light. Capt. John Boyd (Guy Pearce) found his way here thanks to an act of cowardice during the Mexican-American War; he has been banished to a desolate military outpost in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. Upon his arrival, he is greeted by a rag-tag group of soldiers manning the fort: Hart (Jeffrey Jones), the despondent commanding officer; Toffler (Jeremy Davies), the company chaplain; Knox (Stephen Spinella), the drunken doctor; Reich (Neal McDonough), the only real soldier of the group; and Cleaves (David Arquette), the heavily medicated camp cook. One day, Colqhoun (Robert Carlyle) stumbles into their camp. The half-starved Scotsman had been traveling with a group of settlers until they were snowbound. Unable to move forward, they took refuge in a cave, where once they ran out of food, they were forced to resort to cannibalism. Colqhoun barely escaped the madness -- or did he? Boyd and the soldiers hear of the old Indian legend of the Wendigo, which states a man who tastes the flesh of another steals that man's strength, spirit and essence. His hunger, however, will become an unstoppable craving. Like a vampire, the more he eats, the more he wants, and the stronger he will become, with death the only escape from the madness. The soldiers are soon drawn into the frenzy and Boyd is soon left with the choice of eating or being eaten. ~ Ron Wells, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Like Nothing You've Ever Seen by JMVerville October 19, 2004 - 7:30 AM PDT
7 out of 8 members found this review helpful
The film is very unique, not only in sometimes the way it was filmed and the musical score that accompanies it, but the whole story's focus and time period are very unique. I felt as if the film was truly interesting because of the aforementioned, and thus something that was very gripping in its' own way. There is constantly breaths of fresh air blown into the plot of the film, making sure that each scene leaves you anticipating the next.

I always liked this film because of the fact that you cannot exactly put your finger on it, and you are never quite sure what, exactly, is going on and where the film is going -- it is the sort of film that from time to time I think back to, thinking of all of the unique characteristics that went into it; all of the unique aspects that makme it stand out. Antonia Bird did an incredible job with this film because with all of these elements coming together, one can say it is truly a film that you have never quite seen anything like it.

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