Film #126: THE WOMAN
1 out of 5 stars
This is the film that caused a lot of controversy at Sundance when, at its premiere, an audience member stood up and started berating the director, Lucky McKee, for being a misogynist. So, first the good news… while there are a few scenes which depict violence directed toward the feral mountain woman, there is nothing here that isn’t in hundreds of other horror movies. You’ve seen “worse” in PG-13 horror flicks. Now that bad news, THE WOMAN is awful. Easily one of the most ludicrous films I’ve seen in recent memory. Author Jack Ketchum’s book was written well (and is quite the page-turner), but it was by no means a shining example of subtlety. The story, as told by Lucky McKee, takes what Ketchum wrote and turn it into a mind-numbing mess of contradictory motivations and leaps in narrative that make absolutely no sense. Most of the acting in the film is of the community theater variety. Angela Bettis does her best “stand around looking wide-eyed and confused” thing and isn‘t half bad, but her contribution is just too little too late for this mess of a film. Don’t believe the hype… THE WOMAN is not controversial nor is it particularly frightening. It is however yet another example of the “more sizzle than steak” school of modern filmmaking.