My Soul to Keep Blu-ray Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 2.0
Video 6.0
Audio 9.0
Special Features 8.0
Total 6.3

Distributor: Sony
Running Time: 107 Minutes
Reviewer: Felix Staica
Classification
: MA15+

6.3


My Soul to Take

Horror icon Wes Craven, responsible for Freddy Krueger, Scream films and one of my favourites, Last House on the Left, takes us once again into a foggy, cold small town where cardboard cut-out teens are cut down like hours of the clock. Riverton is home to seven kids who were all born the day, 16 years earlier, a mass murderer finally met his maker.

There's a somewhat kooky ritual amongst the youth to gather every anniversary at the ambulance crash site (the rusting vehicle is still there) by the riverside where the Riverton Ripper vanished. It is the turn of “Bug” (the bedazzling, blonde Max Thieriot) to take on the costume and enact the Ripper's last moments. Except he freaks out.

The deaths of the Riverton Seven ensue shortly thereafter, beginning with the Asian kid (Jeremy Chu). Meanwhile Bug and best mate Alex (John Magaro) grow even more atypical and isolated (they're the “weird, loser guys” which seem to adorn every US high school) until Bug's extremely introverted and bizarre behaviour scares not only his sister Fang (Emily Meade is the only strong performance) but also his purported mother, the school and Alex himself.

As the kids keep dropping, questions arise as to who is responsible. There are rumours the Ripper never died and is back; or that he mystically reincarnated or is in the minds of one of the kids (but whom?).

The film was released in (post-production) 3D in cinemas  but is presented in 2D on the Blu-Ray. The colours are quite muted and the quality of the image is lacking in numerous scenes. The sound mix is good but not overly dramatic. The sound is DTS-HD 5.1 or Dolby 2.0 and special features include alternate opening and endings (don't hold your breath), deleted and extended scenes, the trailer, and a feature commentary with Craven and the cast (this may prove more interesting than the thriller).

Beside one clean, good confrontation scene, My Soul to Take is a largely soulless project and apparent indulgence from a man we know and expect to do better. The lack of tension not only stems for our complete disinterest in these generic young people but also from the lazy direction which does not bother to spring a surprise or challenge on the viewer. Genre fans alone might sit all the way through.






 
 



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