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What’s it About?

A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.

“Big Bad Wolves”

Directed by Aharon KeshalesNavot Papushado

8 1/2 out of 10

By Paul Knoop

Wow, I have no idea where I should start after having just witnessed the one hour and fifty minutes that ‘Big Bad Wolves’ takes to tell its story. Earlier this year I saw ‘Prisoners’, the child abduction drama with Hugh Jackman, and that movie packed a punch for me. In some ways, ‘Big Bad Wolves’ is similar, the center of the story is the hunt for the murderer of a little girl and the people affected by that murder.

But let’s begin at the same point I started: totally blank. I heard about this movie through the horror forums on the internet and decided to download it and watch it without any prior knowledge of what it’s about. Since you are reading this, you can’t have the same experience I had but rest assured, ten minutes in you’ll know everything I am telling you now.

We meet Micki (Lior Ashkenazi), an Israeli cop, in the middle of trying to beat the truth out of schoolteacher Dror (Rotem Keinan) for his role in the murder of a little girl. The beating he and his mates give Dror accidentally lands on YouTube and forces his boss to put Micki off the case and off the police force. But not before letting him now that he can still pursue Dror, prove he’s guilty, and clean his own record so he can get reinstated with the police.

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So far, so good right? This all sounds like your basic ‘Se7en’ meets ‘Silence of the Lambs’ type scenario, and in ways it is. Where it differs greatly from those movies is that it emphasizes the black humor of the situation. There are many moments when the movie is headed towards some very gory scenes yet something darkly funny interrupts the scene. By the time we meet up with the father of the murdered girl, director duo Aharon Kehales and Navot Papushado have actively set the scene for what’s to follow.

It’s at times as gut wrenching as ‘Prisoners’ was and at other times it tries and make fun of what it is. This conflicting clash of styles makes for a rather unusual and very emotional movie that can make you grin as much as it can make you clamp onto your seat for what’s to come. It’s safe to say that ‘Big Bad Wolves’ is a blow to the stomach, in more ways then one.

And I urge everyone to search for this Israeli movie, either way you can and let me know what you thought of it. As far as child abduction movies go, I think I’ve had my share for 2014 already.

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