Another Orange Wednesday film review you say?! Could we BE so lucky??Yes you blimmin' well could.
This time I am casting my wry eye on Severance
, which Director Christopher Smith describes as the filmic equivalent of The Office meeting Deliverance. A grand claim, certainly considering that combining horror and comedy without both genres ending up looking like a farce is a tricky one to manage. Christopher Smith's previously directed another brit-horror, Creep, set on the London underground. Creep scared the holy crapola out of me. A fact which caused a slight incident on my daily journey to work. To this day travellers complain about the stench from the fifth carriage on the Victoria line. It's amazing how far a high pressured fright poo can penetrate soft furnishings.So, the story:
When seven employees of international weapons manufacturers, Palisade Defence, embark on a corporate bonding weekend in Hungary they get more than they bargained for when an unseen assailant begins picking them off in suitably gory fashion.
The cast includes Tim McInnery, best known as Captain Darling from Blackadder, Danny Dyer who will remain playing a gobby East Londoner until the day he dies (a bit like that bloke that always plays an officious dick in US TV dramas) and excitingly (for me) Laura Harris. I relished her sassy southern charms in The Faculty, and also her role as the delightfully psychotic Marie Warner in 24. She also has TEXTBOOK hair. By textbook hair I don't mean someone has doodled on it about how much they love the latest generic boyband (S.W.A.L.K) either. I mean it looks good...Yes! These things ARE important in horror films. Shut up!
The film is charming in it's setting up of the characters and scenario. As you may have read from my previous review I do enjoy a game of "You're Going To Die" (if you don't, read my review of SoaP.), but this time I was foxed! No finger pointing from me - my smug ability to guess who's going to die in the first five minutes was rendered powerless by the fact that I found most of the characters eminently likeable from the start. This may have something to do with the now traditional use of heavy stereotypes in the horror field, cheerleaders, jock, weird goth girl etc but with Severance there is a comfortable familiarity which adds to the overall believability.
I enjoyed Severance immensely, although a few glaring problems were evident. Danny Dyer is the hot shit at the moment, and unfortunately Christopher Smith knows it. Dyer takes centre stage in a lot of the scenes and I found myself wishing for a little more focus on the other characters or their fantastic hair.
The intensity level of the gore is not what I expected, and leaned towards the overtly graphic horror seen recently in such films as Hostel. I'm not one to complain about such things of course, I love being scared, but I found that when it came time for a character to be bumped off, the transition from black comedy to ultra gore was quite jarring and perhaps didn't allow the film to flow as well as it could have.
These aren't huge problems though, overall Severance was very enjoyable. More pleasing than this though was that it was very British, unlike anything that block faced moron Jason Statham can attach himself to. I swear to God, have you seen Crank? DIABOLICAL.
Ooh, I've got poison in me, I must take my revenge on those who have wronged me with my biggest of big guns because I have an unsatisfactory downstairs department and can't seem to decide whether i'm English or American AND IF MY BLOOD GOES AT LESS THAN 50MPH THE BUS WILL BLOW UP. God, I could have scraped a better plot off my bathroom floor. [EDIT BY Weebl: How very DARE YOU! Jason Statham is one of the Worlds finest action heros and his films are stunning forays into the human condition. That said, I admit Transporter 2 was a bit bobbins. You just don't like him because he has very little to look at in the hair department.]
Anyway, Severance. It's very good if you like that sort of thing. Luckily, I do!
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