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A Mixed Bag

Overall Recommendation:
3 stars
 
Premise:
3 stars
 
Story structure:
3 stars
 
Character:
2 stars
 
Dialogue:
3 stars
 
Emotion:
2 stars
 
October 01, 2011
Three kids go wandering in the woods... a pretty familiar theme. But at least this one has something I haven't really come across: Sasquatch. And depending whether that intrigues you or makes you laugh out loud, that will ultimately make or break this script.

The way this is structured instantly reminded me of the Blair Witch Project, which makes for cheap filming, but is instantly familiar, which counts against the film instead of for it. The first thing that ran through my mind is: a Blair Witch knockoff. The second: how long does the average camera battery last? I can't be sure, but the issue of recharging batteries for that camera didn't come up in my memory, definitely stretching the degree of reality, as they were in the woods for days.

The characters were so-so. I say that mainly because we get the Hollywood thing where the girl plays the guy, and the guys play girls for the most part. The girl beats up the bullies, carries the gun, takes out armed drug farmers (really stretching it on that one), wants to be a Navy Seal (which should be capitalized), etc. The guys don't do much except squeal, squirm, yelp, and panic. That would be fine for one of the guys, but to have both play the role seems unnecessary. Makes you want to hand them a Miller Lite and tell them to man up. The only nice touch was that Lynn was unexpectedly slaughtered. Didn't see that coming. I was also interested in what kind of parents would allow their teenage daughter to go on a camping trip with two guys. Alas, parents don't exist in this script.

The dialogue was refreshingly good. It sounded natural for the most part, and the bantering between the kids makes the story zip along. There is a lot of talking, and not much action until the end, so the script does a good job of making the characters likeable, even though the prissy guys annoyed me somewhat.

Emotionally, the script fails to deliver. It's hard to convey the proper emotions of fear and horror without the actually acting, but I found two major points where scenes fell a bit flat. The rather cliche encounter with drug farmers didn't seem to focus on the imminent danger when it should have. Kids encountering a situation where live guns are pointed at them should have been as terrifying as the Sasquatch encounter, but instead it feels conventional, especially when Lynn takes the criminals out... with a paintball gun. Un. Real. And the part where the humiliated thugs call off the chase because they're sure the kids won't be coming back? Groan inducing.

The second instance is when Lynn apparently dies. It's a nice touch to have her death off screen, but that scene should have had the boys pissing on each other and weeping like the girls they are. Lynn was the only one with guts, and now she's been bloodily slaughtered. I think the boys would have made a run for home right them, drug farmers be damned. It was a chance to really build up on some true terror, but the script doesn't take advantage. It becomes a horror film... without any real horror.

Bottom line: This is a hard sale, mainly because its chances mainly hang on the perception of Bigfoot horror. Bigfoot/Sasquatch is mainly played in the media for laughs (like the hilarious beef jerky commercials), and the script doesn't make the creatures monstrous or bloodthirsty enough to change that. The Blair Witch similarities wont' help, either. And lastly, this film feels like a PG-13, but with all the F bombs, it would have to be R-rated, which would kill any chances for commercial success. It simply isn't scary or gory enough for the R audience. I think the script needs to push one way or the other. With some tweaks, it could definitely be something entertaining.
 
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Holds my attention the entire first time I read it.

Overall Recommendation:
4 stars
 
Premise:
4 stars
 
Story structure:
4 stars
 
Character:
5 stars
 
Dialogue:
4 stars
 
Emotion:
3 stars
 
September 29, 2011
What a great premise for a movie... three kids going off on a big adventure to find Bigfoot. From there on there were so many ways to go with this: slasher horror, scifi, family, comedy... or straight drama.

Ordinarily I hate drama. All that talking, and emotions and what not. I prefer to laugh or enjoy some explosions or ass-kicking. Sawtooth didn't have any explosions, Or ass-kicking, really. There were a few laughs. But it held my attention and I actually finished it because I wanted to see what happened next. That's pretty amazing, as I normally HATE dram-ma.

The dialogue was very good, with the exception of some out of place stuff. Like a camera "rolling" or the character learning to shoot from duck hunt. I'm 43, so I got those references. But if these were regular high school students of today, I doubt they'd know what Duck Hunt was, and have probably never seen a film or video tape camera unless their parents are avid video geeks.

The script did get a little predictable in spots. Like the dope growers' field they stumble on- right out of the comedy "Up the Creek". Or the bigfeets surrounding the survivor(s) at the end- right out of Abominable.

I also thought there were some missed opportunities for events in the script- but I'll PM those later.

If this doesn't get made, I'd be surprised. While Bigfoot may be a genre subject, this movie could easily be made to appeal to a wider audience. With some tweaking. It either needs to go more scarey. Or more funny. Or more family. As it is, it's great, but I worry a general audience may not be able to get past the whole bigfoot thing.
 

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