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The Wolfman

  • Drama
  • Fantasy
  • 2009
  • Joe Johnston
  • 102 mins
  • 15

Summary

Remake of the classic 1941 horror, starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins. England, 1891: when Benjamin, the son of Sir John Talbot, is killed by a strange beast, his estranged brother Lawrence returns to the family's country estate determined to uncover the truth. But after surviving an attack by the fearsome creature, Lawrence himself falls victim to a curse that puts his own life in jeopardy.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Universal brushes down its hairy horror icon and lets the wolf man loose in the digital era in this enjoyable remake. For the most part, director Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III) ensures that his $100-million makeover remains faithful to the spirit of the 1941 original, while updating its skin-stretching, bone-clacking special effects. Benicio Del Toro plays it straight as Lawrence Talbot, a celebrated actor who returns home after the remains of his brother are found on the blood-drenched moors and becomes the victim of a family curse. Less convincing are Anthony Hopkins, who feasts on hunks of ham as Talbot Sr, and Emily Blunt as the anaemic damsel in distress. Despite some erratic pacing and an occasional lack of emotion, though, the curse of the film's notoriously troubled production (change of director, reshoots, delayed release date) is held at bay. The result's a pleasing return to the studio's much-loved gothic tradition.

Credits

Cast

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Lawrence TalbotBenicio Del Toro
Sir John TalbotAnthony Hopkins
Gwen ConliffeEmily Blunt
Detective AberlineHugo Weaving
MalevaGeraldine Chaplin
SinghArt Malik
Dr HoeneggerAntony Sher
Ben TalbotSimon Merrells
MacQueenClive Russell
Constable NyeDavid Schofield

Crew

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DirectorJoe Johnston

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2010-02-12
Languages
English | Finnish | Ukrainian | Romanian
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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