THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF
Myth Interpreted and Myth Guided
Release Date: January 22, 2002
Runtime: 142 minutes
Distributor: Universal Focus
Director: Christophe Gans
Producer: Richard Grandpierre & Samuel Hadida
Writer: Stephan Cabel & Christophe Gans
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THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF, it turns out, is a secret sect within the church designed to upset the balance of political power in France. The valiant military officer and his martial arts-trained Indian companion are intent on uncovering the truth and bringing the evil ones to justice. Sadly, the story quickly devolves into basic elements of vengeance and gore.
By the middle of the movie, the terrifying creature had to be shown or the audience would simply lose its patience, but this is where the breakdown begins. Scenes of the mysterious creature are occasionally good, but mostly awful. The filmmakers relied heavily on the award-winning team at Jim Henson's Creatures Shop to digitally create and animate the large (not supernatural) beast. This, above many of its other flaws, contributes to the demise of the audience’s interest in the story. After all, it is difficult to be afraid of a poorly made computer effect.
THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF also follows in the footsteps of the latest filmmaking trends to present an historical story with contemporary elements and values. It is a clash which, if taken seriously, is, at the worst, revisionism and, at the least, terribly unconvincing as a storyline. Working past this schizophrenia, the audience audibly strains as it is asked to repeatedly suspend disbelief. Eventually, THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF collapses under the weight of its own contradictory schisms and absurdities.
Despite the ridiculous storyline and the senseless digital hindrances, THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF is superbly crafted. It has breathtaking settings, amazing and technically-enhanced fight scenes and a terrific cast, but even these things cannot save this twisted story which eventually distorts the church, the clergy and those associated with Roman Catholicism.
THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF is filled with images of violence, gore, nudity, Indian spiritualism, and, ultimately, anti-Christian themes. It was far more interesting when it was mythical.
THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF is an absurd story blending history, legend, myth, and preposterous plot devices with pagan animal spirits, wolves, and a large creature roaming the countryside. Sadly, the first half of the story is intriguing and thoroughly engaging, but the story quickly devolves into basic elements of vengeance and gore. Despite the ridiculous storyline and other hindrances, THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF is superbly crafted with breathtaking settings, amazing fight scenes and a terrific cast. Ultimately, however, it is filled with images of violence, gore, nudity, Indian spiritualism, and anti-Christian themes. It was far more interesting when it was mythical