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Big Bad Wolves [Blu-ray]

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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.

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  • Actors: Lior Ashkenazi
  • Directors: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2014
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,914 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Eremite VINE VOICE on April 30, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Quentin Tarantino thinks it's the "best film of the year," which is strange because -- for all of his attention to the slick, candy-like gloss that makes a film fun to watch, he's also pretty good at things like story and subtext and characters. This film is very crisply filmed, with every scene and twitch and frame almost exquisitely composed, but the story itself is so uninspired that it puts the mind to sleep like a rich, heavily-frosted cake laced with sedatives.

The title/poster gives you the impression that it's a story about three bad guys. You have a sniveling religious studies teacher who is accused of raping and murdering a series of little girls. You have a disgraced cop who has gone beyond the badge to capture him. And you have the latest little girls' father choosing to mete a little vigilante justice to find the last remains of his child (and to get some blood-soaked closure). The theme here isn't anything new: when the good guys are willing to do anything to catch and punish the bad guy, do they still remain good?

In spite of every perfectly timed shot, beautifully acted nuance, and gorgeously orchestrated moment, the story itself lacks any kind of meat, despite the prevalence of burnt flesh, broken bones, and shredded skin. Probably the biggest narrative snafu is that viewers never learn why the dad and cop are so convinced that the teacher is guilty of the crimes. The movie jumps right into the back-alley beatdowns without letting us know what evidence damns this poor, balding educator, making the whole thing feel lopsided (and giving astute viewers a big clue as to what they can expect at the end -- I'm not the brightest bulb, but I still managed to figure out what the final shot would be).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on May 13, 2014
Format: DVD
The police accuse Bible study teacher Dror (Rotem Keinan) of molesting and killing three young girls. His "questioning-questioning" known as torture gets recorded and uploaded. The suspect is set free, but the consequences disrupts everyone's life. Later the father of one of the daughters captures both the policeman and Dror with his own plans in mind.

One of the big plot holes is what was the CSI evidence? No DNA on the girls? Was Dror's place combed for fibers, hairs, prints? The film is made in Israel and is in subscripts. There are some attempts at humor in this torture drama, but the delivery and timing seemed off. I felt like I was being told a funny story by someone who messes it up.

The film was a big hit at the 2013 Israeli Film Academy winning many awards (not best picture). It is highly rated by critics and fans. The film lacked the big twist and gave us a small, almost obligatory one instead. While it copies some aspect of Tarantino, you can detect it is a knock-off like a fuzzy print DVD.

I think a better twist would have been if the dad was the killer and he got the innocent Dror to confess, the cop then kills Dror, the audience sees that the dad was the killer...then you go to the second twist ending as the cop is arrested for murder.

3 1/2 stars

Parental Guide: No f-bomb, sex, or nudity. Some blood squirt. The torture scenes were either from a distant or showed you the after effects...except for maybe that one thing.
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Well, what can I say. It's obviously displeased a lot of movie buffs because some obscure film person named Quintin Toronto or something like that said it was the best movie of the year 2014. Well, Mr Toronto has probably done this film more harm than good. I really liked it. It was an effective piece of torture porn about a man who may or may not be a serial killer and rapist. It's full of moral conundrums which I honestly have seen done better in other films, but spiced up here with the same gems of characterization and black humor (particularly toward the end), and sly social commentary about Israeli society that made me love the directors' previous effort, Rabies.

I honestly would recommend you see Rabies before you see this, simply because if you see this you might be disappointed and then choose not to watch Rabies, and that would be a shame because it really was a masterpiece of realistic horror that managed to knock my socks off in a way that this movie didn't. But I also appreciate this film as being a more mature and subtle film with a much more focused plot. It may not have exceeded what came before, but I like that the filmmakers are challenging themselves, and I'm guessing that they've learned things making this film that will pay off richly in their future work. I'm eager to be proven right.
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Format: Blu-ray
It is reported that Quentin Tarantino said this was the best film of the year 2013. Considering the taste of the director, the choice is pretty understandable, for “Big Bad Wolves” is a crime thriller with a few differences: raw violence, eccentric characters and quirky humor with unique soundtrack music including Buddy Holly. But is this really that good?

It depends. The story itself is fairly standard. The film begins with a brutal murder of a young girl, who was apparently tortured and sexually assaulted. The police detective Micki (Lior Ashkenazi) is convinced that a timid schoolteacher Dror (Rotem Keinan) is the criminal, but fails to prove it.

Now what follows is a little unbelievable, but anyway, I'll do my best to explain without spoiling the film for you. All I can say is that those who are involved with the terrible murder case got together in a contrived way. The truths will be finally revealed in an unexpected way, but not before lots of tortures.

My point is, don’t expect something like “The Usual Suspects” or Tarantino’s own works back in 1990s. “Big Bad Wolves” are well-acted and has a few nice surprises (there is one interesting Arabic character), though the 110 minute film is too long with a several dull moments.
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