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42.86%
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4 Stars:
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28.57%
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Premise:
4.1 stars
(7)
 
Story structure:
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(7)
 
Character:
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Dialogue:
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0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Where's Bigfoot?

Overall Recommendation:
3 stars
 
Premise:
3 stars
 
Story structure:
4 stars
 
Character:
4 stars
 
Dialogue:
4 stars
 
Emotion:
3 stars
 
November 20, 2012
It was a nice film, but not enough Bigfoot.
 
0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

this is better than many studio movies!

Overall Recommendation:
5 stars
 
Premise:
5 stars
 
Story structure:
5 stars
 
Character:
5 stars
 
Dialogue:
5 stars
 
Emotion:
5 stars
 
May 23, 2012
i loved everything about this movie, top to bottom!
 
1 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

THE MAUL OF THE WILD

Overall Recommendation:
5 stars
 
Premise:
5 stars
 
Story structure:
5 stars
 
Character:
5 stars
 
Dialogue:
5 stars
 
Emotion:
4 stars
 
December 13, 2011
This looks like it would have been a fun shoot to be on. Everyone worked so well together. I have always liked the idea of using consumer video in a movie format because it lends a bit of reality to the story. Sometimes that reality can be very scary. I like the idea of three teens being suspended and then going to look for Big Foot. Great set up for an adventure. But be careful what you wish for. Lynn's performance was stellar. Bess her heart I wish she hadn't been killed off like that. Jamie and Carlos did a good job carrying the story to the end. Congratulations Justin on a job well done.

Premise
I thought the premise and the setup of this story was very organic. The beginning was real enough to draw you into the story. The continuous action and hunt for adventure made this a treat.

Structure
I feel the structure was very straight forward. The story moved along with a good pace. The events unfolded naturally and gave me a sense of what it would be like to go look for Big Foot.

Characters
Lynn's character was the strongest. I like strong female characters. Jamie and Carlos were strong as well. I had a sense of close friendship that was strained by their adventure gone wrong.

Dialogue
The dialogue was natural. The characters has their own personalities. The individualism of each character through good dialogue made this film a good watch.

Stakes
Well you can't get higher stakes than a fried dying and having drug dealers out to get you while being lost in the woods. Very good justin.
 
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Good, but needs a little polish

Overall Recommendation:
4 stars
 
Premise:
4 stars
 
Story structure:
4 stars
 
Character:
4 stars
 
Dialogue:
3 stars
 
Emotion:
5 stars
 
November 18, 2011
Overall this movie has a lot of strengths, such as an interesting premise, good character chemistry, and good pacing for the most part. My only real complaint is when the characters do inexplicable things. This is something seen in a lot of movies, and it frustrates the audience and makes the characters seem less believable.
Overall, great job, and I hope you get the chance to take your film to the next level!
 
0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Poor Jamie

Overall Recommendation:
5 stars
 
Premise:
5 stars
 
Story structure:
5 stars
 
Character:
5 stars
 
Dialogue:
5 stars
 
Emotion:
5 stars
 
October 20, 2011
I am so impressed. It is not easy for a movie with this premise to stay true to itself, with these actors and this crew, but these movie markers stayed true, to their characters and the premise of their movie. Poor Justin! I laughed and laughed. And then I almost cried. The only thing that bothered me was the very last shot, that was the only thing that didn't seem true in the whole movie - I don't think cameras do that.

The script was great, again I laughed and laughed.

I hope you all win or at least make more fun movies. Poor Jamie.

To the reviewer Harry Boast, I want to say that I did notice the camera shots that you did, and some other stuff, but remember this is a movie acting as a documentary, therefore those camera shots are valid and so is the other stuff. The reason I could watch the whole thing from beginning to end and that was not my plan for the day, in fact I just clicked on to Amazon to find a book and ended up watching this movie - I was drawn-in immediately. Why? Because as I said above the movie makers stayed true to their premise. No pouting as you described. Poor Jamie.

The stuff that you point out as rational or not rational behavior for the adventures would not make sense in this movie. These are dorky teenagers, each with something to prove, they are not rational human beings, and the actors proved that to me. Are adventures and superheros ever rational? I just laughed and laughed, yup they did some dumb and inexplicable stuff. From beginning to end. I fell in love with each of them immediately.

It is true that a person with Jamie's ankle injury would be writhing, if that is bone material protruding out of his ankle, but if were something embedded from the outside going into to his ankle, his behavior would be possible. But again I didn't care at that point. I was to interested in watching the charters behavior. Carlos handled it like a champ, almost. Poor Jamie.

Rational human beings also may have had another reaction to Lynn's death. These boys would rather die than cry, in fact they did the guy thing and got into a fist fight. That seemed normal to me. As far as not hearing the attack, I just thought, they were so tired, they had no food, they were mad at each other, by this point we know that nothing they do makes sense to rational human beings, it's a movie, so it did not disturb my attention from the movie. Jamie wanted to drink his own piss. Poor Jamie.

They were so true to themselves! Like Indiana Jones at 13. Poor Jamie.

To the reviewer Ralph Wescott, what do you mean no conclusive proof? There are three dead bodies and the ape and the attack on film - wait there are only 2 confirmed dead bodies. Do I see Sawtooth II, the revenge of Lynn?
 
6 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Interesting but Flawed

Overall Recommendation:
3 stars
 
Premise:
4 stars
 
Story structure:
1 stars
 
Character:
3 stars
 
Dialogue:
3 stars
 
Emotion:
2 stars
 
September 26, 2011
First of all let me say that this is obviously a film you have put a great deal of work in to and one you should be very proud of. So well done!

The acting is consistently good throughout. There are a couple of line repeats where the actors have forgotten their lines initially but recovered well. For example, the scientist at the start repeats “the boy clearly exhibits”.

The start of the hand held camera is nice with a Bigfoot point of view running through the grass and turning in to a suburban area. I found that pulled me in to the story.

However, for the next 25 minutes of the film I found it boring. Nothing was happening and we were learning little more about the characters we know are going to be killed. We need to care and empathise with these people because of the outcome we know is coming. If we don’t care, the film is flawed!

After they leave Jamie asleep on the floor we cut to the next day where the camera is fixed pointing at the 3 of them. He is complaining that they left him there. Wouldn’t he have been doing the complaining when he woke up? This to me felt a little too fixed. Perhaps just to have him sulking and the others asking him to cheer up would work better. A small point but this moment did take me out of the story so worth looking at.

The Cannabis field is a good idea because it does develop the plot. However, for the drug dealers not to follow them means that it was almost pointless. We know and the kids know to an extent (Carlos certainly seems to!) that Sawtooth ridge is a bad place to go. On the other hand if they did follow it may turn in to the film ‘Without a Paddle’, so I can understand your choice from that point of view.

Lynn’s death leaves a lot to be desired. We know Lynn is a fighter, the only one who is. I agree with what the two guys said that they would have heard it. I can believe that they may not have heard had the tent not been torn to pieces. I can see what you were trying to achieve here but done in this way I don’t think it works. The tent and blood did look fantastic though!

When Lynn is gone and they don’t find her, that is when the alarm bells would ring. However, both Carlos and Jamie don’t appear to be very worried at all. This, to me, this feels unrealistic.

When Jamie is injured he needs to be in a lot more pain to make it believable. The prosthetic bone is fantastic, but Jamie needs to be writhing with an injury like that.

66 mins. The best shot of the film by far. With the camera on the ground while Carlos attends to Jamie, the shot of Bigfoot walking by in the background was brilliant. Very well timed too!

Couple of extra notes:

48 mins good sequence with the gunshot and running through the dark.
12 mins Motor sounds. Do another take without them!
54 mins Motor sounds. Do another take without them!

I enjoyed parts of this film but as a whole I think it needs work. The basic flaw is that we know the end from the beginning.
 
2 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

It's A Movie!

Overall Recommendation:
4 stars
 
Premise:
3 stars
 
Story structure:
4 stars
 
Character:
5 stars
 
Dialogue:
4 stars
 
Emotion:
3 stars
 
September 25, 2011
So, other than my complaints in the forums that if your story ends with no conclusive evidence and all proof lost, it will be just another boring Bigfoot movie, well, I will say that I was half-right. Still no conclusive proof, but the story was not boring. Your movie -- and I will call it a movie because I think it is closer to a B-movie than a test movie.

Characters, actors, dialogue, filming and editing were very good for the most part. Lynn portrayed her tough girl character great, made the film worth watching, although her departure was lacking. Jamie I wanted to die a slow death for being such a wimp. Carlos portrayed the adventurer in all of us, but I think I would have taken the drug dealers weapons and gotten my ass out of there after all the bad that went down.

One thing that you should have removed was the dog barking in the background. I know if I were lost, I would be following that sound to see if there was a cabin or campers nearby. Overall, well worth the watch; and I would say in contention for prize money, if not put right into pay for view as a B-movie.
 

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