only one word I can think of to describe the execution of this film:
an attitude that seems to have dripped down through every tier of the
production, from the writer and director to the actors themselves. Its
a mentality that says,
really care what we put out. Horror fans arent
worried about story and characters, as long as theres
blood and guts. Theyll
eat this up.
start of Hunger, five strangers wake up in an underground grotto
and quickly realise that they have been kidnapped. After stumbling in
the dark for a couple of days their prison is suddenly illuminated,
revealing a clock on the wall which is slowly ticking backwards. The
doctor among them, Jordan (Lori Heuring) deduces that the thirty notches
on the clock actually correspond to days, and that their captor intends
for them to kill and eat each other in order to survive a month
nothing wrong with that premise, even if it does look a little familiar.
Even on a shoe-string budget, some spirited direction and imaginative
writing could have made this into something worth watching. But all of
those hopes are dashed in the first twenty minutes, as were
plunged into the dreaded state that I mentioned at the outset of this
characters just dont
have enough meat on their bones (figuratively speaking) for us to care
about them. I put this down to the script, which is bog standard. There
is a lot of swearing, some moral posturing and not much else. None of
the five characters ever break out of their stereotypes, and all are
utterly predictable. You have the flighty, aggressive one whom you just
know is going to cause trouble. The passive loner who finally snaps. The
conniving one. The male and female
who decide to take the moral high ground and set themselves against the
villain appears frequently throughout the film, sipping fine wines and
listening to classical music while he strokes his ginger moustache and
watches the captives fight each other on a monitor. He has one
forgettable line of dialogue in the whole movie, and his motivation for
setting this sadistic trap is never made clear.
dozens of twists and turns which the story could have taken to make it
more interesting, but alas, these avenues remain unexplored.
aspect of this film is also bleak and unappealing. The title sequence is
drab, and the walls of the prison look like papier mache. And it
matters, because youll be spending most of the films running time in
that one room.
one to be avoided. Its
unoriginal, uninspired, and much like the subject matter, it leaves a
bad taste in your mouth.