Thursday, August 25, 2011

...And if I die from boredom, I pray to God: My Soul toTake (2010)

My Soul to Take (2010)
Starring: Max Thieriot, John Magaro and Denzel Whitaker

I shudder to think that Wes might have been going through the same path as the other masters of horror who're going downhill with their style (Dario Argento, can you hear me?), and this incredibly dull film which me wonder if he was forced to do this or he just had a bad run with his ideas.

One night in 1984, in a town of Riverton, Massachusets, Abel Plenkov was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder and realizes that he's the local serial killer called the Riverton Ripper. He unknowingly murdered his wife and the cops arrived at his home to his arrest him, which ended up with him getting shot as he resisted arrest. On his way to the hospital, Abel goes through a violent revival that causes the ambulance he is in to crash into the woods, leaving his premature son and his daughter orphaned and traumatized by the events.

...I wonder why he nicknamed him "Bug"?
Sixteen years passed, Riverton now has a yearly gathering of the town's youth lead by the Riverton Seven, a group of seven teenagers who were born at the night the Ripper allegedly died; there, one of the seven teens must go through a ritual where they symbolically kill the Ripper in order to protect the rest of the town's youth and this year it's Adam Hellerman's (AKA "Bug") turn. Unfortunately, Bug chickened out and this somehow awakened the Riverton Ripper back from the grave.

As the days pass, Bug is plagued by visions of murders involving the Riverton Seven as well as starting to show characteristics similar to the Ripper such as multiple personalities and an deadly obsession to animalistic violence (expressed with his love for the American Condor). All the while, The Ripper is making his way on slicing the remaining Seven into ribbons, leading to a final climax involving a revelation that we already see from far away, and some unbelievable scenes involving a dying blind boy talking for ten minutes. Oh Wes, did you do the same mistake Stephen King did when he directed "Maximum Overdirve (1986)"?

Thank God, Wes proved me wrong with his Scream 4 but I can't really get my mind off from the fact that he directed and wrote this; first of, the story is dull and formulaic as it does every slasher element so religiously that it holds no more surprises for us. And if there were ever any creative differences added to this movie, they're rehashed elements from his other films such as Shocker, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and even Scream.

The other thing that bugged me was the direction of the film; we're treated with the possibility of Adam being the Ripper, which was good. However, I failed to see the need to have all of this explained for the remaining third act? Okay, so the killer could be in anyone of the Riverton Seven, let's just keep it at that? Don't try to over-complicate the matter cuz its not that complicated to begin with! Not with that weak script! Not with that tired dialogue! And especially not with the cast stereotyped to the fullest (Jock, hot girl, outcast, token minorities, religious nut. if you can point it, it's here.)

Also the 3D was wasted in this film. If there was any 3D. Was there?

If there is anything that I at least appreciate it'll be the killer; he's a large hulking brute armed with a mean modified buck knife and a personality of a hardened butcher. I guess would liked him more if he had don a better mask, something that'll confuse us whether Adam is the killer or somebody else is, like...that Condor Mask. That was an interesting suit gone wasted for only one scene. Also, if he had more personality considering how much of a boogeyman he is to this town rather than a big brute offing people, that would also be great.

But it's gonna take more than just a good killer to save this film, I'll tell you that. If only Wes didn't do such a rushed job on this film or had thought carefully his script, My Soul to Take may had proved its worth of potential. It's definitely one of Craven's worse film to date, let's just hope that his mojo from Scream 4 would stay and prove us all wrong.
Ghostface would cringe if he finds out Ripper plagiarized his M.O.

1 female seen being killed
1 female found dead
1 male shot on the head
1 male immolated inside an exploding ambulance
1 male had guts ripped off, thrown off a bridge
1 female had her neck slashed with buck knife
1 male stabbed on the gut with buck knife
1 female gutted (mostly offscreen)
1 male mentioned murdered
1 female found dead
1 male stabbed with buck knife
1 male dies from stab wounds
1 male stabbed with kitchen knife
total: 13

 Don't lose your mojo, Wes...

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