Monday, September 13, 2010
Fable: Teeth of Beasts (2009)
Directed By: Sean-Michael Argo
So we are dealing with hot women in tight cloths fighting the bad guys! No, not Bloodrayne (thank God) it's Fable: Teeth of Beasts! A movie that has a lot of the same type of stuff as that, only no vampires and it's better. But now I must confess it's a loaded with tons of CGI, and we know how I feel about that! Will I break my cold stand on it and lighten up?? Read and see!!
So we have Fable, which is like a mystical land only it seems to be filled with a few bad asses, and a lot of evil people. Lilith Noir (the very very VERY hot Melantha Blackthorne) is a freelance enforcer for the shadow government that keeps watch over the city of Fable. Lilith doesn't seem to have much trouble dealing with the bad guys until a new drug pops up in Fable that leads her to face her greatest challenge, a demon that seems to be on a demiGod level.
You know, Fable is a movie I can really appreciate, even if I'm not really into what it deals with. I felt like the movie had a lot of Blade and BloodRayne elements, just with more of a dark Gothic twist to it (and again, no vampires). The movie is packed with CGI, and at times it does add to the mystical feel of the film's environment, but I also feel it at times takes away from some of the scenes as well. And while a lot of the blood and gore is CGI, it is done in such a way that it works, even when the other effects and CGI seemingly at times doesn't.
As I said above in the tag line, there's a lot going on in this movie and I feel at times it's maybe too much. We have a little sub-plot here and there, and it seems to take away from the core story at times. Also I think at times when the film is trying to be cool it comes off a little hokey, as a prime example being a scene where I man fights a big ass dude with a buffalo head. I assume that was a buffalo, he had horns and he wasn't the devil. He also wasn't a goat, so I'll go with buffalo or deformed boar for my final answer. Regardless, it's a little weird, even in this setting.
Also my last complaint for the film, and I'm really not trying to trash talk it because it has it's value, is the running time. I know they went for an epic feel and all, and I know they had a lot of story to tell, but I think had we trimmed some fat we could have had a shorter run time and a smoother movie. As a matter of fact I think I would have liked the film better had it been shorter, because I must be honest and say that at least when it comes to me, some of it kinda dragged.
All that said, I will say this. I liked the lead, I liked a few of the characters and actors playing said characters, and I also believe the director is fully capable of doing something great. I can tell he has a sense of style in his films and is a director that knows what they want to do, I just hope his next go is a bit shorter with less drag. While I can't rate the film very high, I'll give credit for taking a shot at something big while having what I assume was a small budget. And for at least making a film that is different and looks cool most of the time.
A good effort that just doesn't do much for me personally. If you're into this sorta mystical stuff then there's a very good chance you will like it more than I did. You can check out the folks that are behind this movie at Dark Roast Releasing and I'm sure if you are looking to find it and buy it a quick Google check will lead you to a fine place to do just that.
The Rating (4.5/10)