Wake Wood, and have been writing about it over the last couple of days. Check it out when you get the chance! Meanwhile, another movie that I watched a while back was Safety In Numbers (2006). It will help me kick off a theme for this month, foreign movies. I don't care which country it is from, as long as it isn't from my own. Safety In Numbers comes from Australia.
Six contestants from a reality show, think Survivor, have been invited back to the island where the game took place. Basically lead by Sarah (Tory Mussett), they arrive at the island by Nigel's (Henry Nixon) boat. Nigel was the big winner of the show, and seems to like to flaunt his money some. They head to the shack, and right away find written in red on the wall that isn't very nice. They settle in and spend the night. When they get up in the morning, they discover that the boat is gone. Not sure what is going on, they split to go look for it, only to start getting picked off one by one. Who could be doing it though? Is it just someone who happens to be living there now? Or could it be the guy who was humiliated before being voted off the game show?
Safety In Numbers has the right idea behind it, but it doesn't do a very good job of following through with it. Writer/director David Douglas has a good setting and plot, but where he goes with it could have been a lot better. We learn of the guy who was humiliated fairly early in the movie, and he keeps coming up. It seems very obvious who the killer is because of that. I was hoping they would throw someone else in, either to make us think someone else was actually the killer or having it turn out to be someone else. That wasn't the case though. You would think that Douglas would have waited until later to start throwing hints out. There was a point where they try to fool us, but I just wasn't buying it. Even though the characters in this movie were on a game show that required survival skills, you would never have guessed that by the way they act sometimes. One person falls off a possible cliff, but no one goes to see if he is okay. People go in search of their boat, find it but don't try to get it. Instead, they leave to go tell the others and act surprised when it isn't there once they return. Lets not forget that even though this is a slasher movie, all the kills happen off camera.
Since all kills take place off camera, you can probably guess that there aren't many effects to be found. We do get some blood, but it wasn't anything to write home about. The acting was at least somewhat good. I enjoyed the different characters. I liked Tory Mussett the best out of the group and I'm glad she got the lead role. The story tends to focus on her more than anyone, which made me wonder why they didn't make her the winner of the game show. In a way I get it. Rarely does the person I like the most ever win! It can be frustrating sometimes. Even though I know of the show Survivor, I have never watched it. If it was a horror show like this one though, maybe I would.
One good thing I can say is that I like the poster art. It is simple, but stands out because of that I think. Safety In Numbers, which they never really stick together, was a film I wasn't sure which way I would go. Some movies like this get a little better towards the end, but this one tended to get worse. Since all the kills happen off camera, and it was rather easy to figure out who was next, there just wasn't any suspense to what was happening. The end doesn't help matters at all, and has left everyone (and I mean everyone) wondering what the hell the ending was supposed to even mean or happen. I suppose there could have been an explanation, like a storm, but it just there with no explaining it at all. Since I don't think there is enough for a sequel, we will likely never know unless Douglas bothers to explain it.
If you haven't watched Safety In Numbers, and I know some of my readers have already, then I can't really suggest giving it a shot. The ground work was there, but it just doesn't ever get going with it. If you happen to catch it on TV somewhere, maybe it would be worth the time to watch then. Just be ready for one of the possibly worse endings out there.
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