Film #319: WOUND
1 out of 5 stars
This New Zealand film by director, David Blyth (DEATH WARMED UP, MY GRANDPA IS A VAMPIRE, and several episodes of MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS), reportedly sparked outrage in New Zealand where it was made with protesters crying out that the film should be banned. The film has been called “controversial” and “shocking” and has been compared to the likes of HUMAN CENTIPEDE and A SERBIAN FILM. Ummm, ok. Frankly, I don’t see it. WOUNDED stars – and is wholly supported by the talent of – Kate O’Rourke (THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT) who does a decent job with the material and is, in fact, rather brave to have taken on the film’s themes of incest, S&M, torture, and madness. However, two things immediately come to mind as the film plays out. First, it strives so hard to be edgy and controversial that it somehow comes off calculated and contrived. Not a good thing, I assure you. Second, the scenes of sexuality and “kink” are like copies of a copy… they come off like ideas that were once seen by the filmmaker (who didn’t understand them) and aped to the point that they are now disingenuous, at best. It’s as if the filmmaker is using alternative lifestyles (in this case D&S and B&D) as excuses for and symptoms of the character's madness. Like only those mentally ill would be drawn to such activity... which is patently ridiculous. But ok… The film is shot on HD Digital and it shows. Its low budget is seen in the quality of its chosen supporting cast, its sets, and, most tellingly, its FX. The script is clumsy, clichéd, and preposterous. It’s like a movie culled from one long performance art piece. I’m sure WOUND made some kind of sense to the director when he made it, but, as an audience member, the whole thing is confusing and, well… sorta silly. Purposefully weird and stridently abrasive, WOUND might be something some people may enjoy, but… I found that it simply tries too hard and therefore lacks any substantive impact.