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Wildling (2018)

April. 13,2018
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A young woman held in captivity discovers the realities of truth and lies in the outside world.


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It’s an especially fun movie from a director and cast who are clearly having a good time allowing themselves to let loose.


The performances transcend the film's tropes, grounding it in characters that feel more complete than this subgenre often produces.

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There is, somehow, an interesting story here, as well as some good acting. There are also some good scenes

Frances Chung

Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable


More like a show than a movie with special effects that are brought back from 90s


The acting was good. Liv Tyler has really developed as an actor. Bel Powley, newcomer from the UK, is quite good as the Wildling, as well as is the little girl who played her as a small child. In fact, that actress was superb. The story, though, is almost 'Frankenstein' when it comes to the themes of isolation, being misunderstood, and rejection. And once the transformation of the Powley character begins, all realism established in the film beforehand disappears. This story had great potential, but it's not worth your time, believe me. Unless you love tales o' backwoods gun-totin' rednecks out to shoot sumpin', Elmer.


A low-key werewolf movie. So low-key, in fact, it's borderline boring. The concept is contradictory. You can see they are trying to veer from a traditional werewolf storyline, but it's full of all the clichés. And on top of that, cheesy motherhood/pregnant lady clichés. Made me wanna puke at times it was so lame.


Wildling was never destined to be a 'classic.' Which film about werewolves are ('American Werewolf in London' not included)? However, just because it's never going to win Oscars, doesn't mean that it can't be fun. Canadian werewolf movie 'Gingersnaps' proved that you can make a movie about monsters with teenagers and heart (something that the 'Twilight' franchise never achieved in its entire saga!). It's pretty impossible to mention 'Wildling' without talking about the - far superior - 'Gingersnaps' as they do hit quite a few of the same beats. I'll do my best not to dwell on the similarities further, apart from saying that 'Gingersnaps' is infinitely better (the original 'Gingersnaps' that is - nuff said about the sequels!).The film begins with a little girl who 'lives' with her 'Daddy' (Brad Dourif). I use the quotation marks because her 'Daddy' keeps her locked up 'for her own protection' and tells her that she can never leave because the wildlings will get her and only Daddy is strong enough to survive out there. This section lasts for about the first quarter of an hour and is actually probably the best part of the movie (mainly because it's the part where Dourif has the most screen time). It's truly chilling because we don't really know what's going on in the world and the air of confusion adds to the truly chilling atmosphere.However, it's kind of downhill from then on. It descends into a - sort of - teen drama with a few kills and monsters, plus the obligatory romance. You also have Liv Tyler in there (who I haven't seen on screen for quite some time). I've always thought she was a pretty competent actress, but she really does seem to be phoning it in for this one as she attempts to shield/shepherd the - now teenage - girl.If you really like horror films, or werewolves in general and you stumble on this film on some sort of free streaming online platform, then why not have it on in the background. There's not much gore and not much point to it either.