Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) Movie Review

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Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

2001 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Action, Mystery, Adventure
142 minutes / 2h 22min

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Brotherhood of the Wolf Plot Synopsis:

In 1765 something was stalking the mountains of central France. A 'beast' that pounced on humans and animals with terrible ferocity. Indeed they beast became so notorious that the King of France dispatched envoys to find out what was happening and to kill the creature. By the end, the Beast of Gevaudan had killed over 100 people, to this day, no one is entirely sure what it was, wolf? hyena? or something supernatural? Whatever it was, shepherds had the same life-expectancy as the red-suited guys in 'Star Trek'. The Beast is a popular myth in France, albeit one rooted firmly in reality; somewhat surprisingly it is little known to the outside world, and perhaps incredibly it has never been made into a movie. Until now... Based on the true story of the Beast of the Gevaudan that terrorized France in the mid-XVIIIth century, the movie aims to tell first and explain afterwards. In the first part, a special envoy of the King of France, altogether biologist, explorer and philosopher, arrives in the Gevaudan region, in the mountainous central part of France. The Beast has been attacking women and children for months and nobody has quite been able to harm it or even take a good look at it. In the second part, our hero Chevalier de Fronsac will not only have to fight the Beast, but also ignorance, bigotry and conspiracy and will rely on two women, one an aristocrat, the other a prostitute, as well as the enigmatic Mani, an Iroquois he met in New-France (Canada).

Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) Review

Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) is a French horror-action-adventure film that was loosely based on a series of real-life killings in the 18th century in France and also the legend of the Beast of Gevaudan. The movie had an estimated budget of $29 million and grossed over $70.7 million at the box office. Director Christophe Gans (Silent Hill (2006), Beauty and the Beast (2014), Crying Freeman (1995)) executed the movie marvelously with alluring and thrilling scenes. Christophe displayed his talent as he hits the mark most of the time keeping me engaged on a visual level with his camera movements, slow motion and on his precision on shooting the fight sequences. The movie contains female nudity, extreme violence, graphic scenes, excellent cinematography, high production values, brilliant performances, expertly shot scenes and atmospheric direction.

Brotherhood of the Wolf is set in France in the 18th century where Gregoire de Chevalier (Samuel Le Bihan) and Mani are assigned to investigate the death/killing of a mother and her children by a beast in the hills of Gevaudan. Their investigation led them to a bloody, deadly outcome. A mysterious creature that is unknown to everyone was roaming the mountains of central France killing humans and animals. The King of France sent a few people to kill the creature who had taken over 100 people lives already. The movie progressed to being an incredibly thrilling adventure for the most of the film and had the potential of being better if the third act delivered as well as the other acts.

Viewers will not appreciate or like this movie if they do not have the patience to sit through it to enjoy the suspense-filled monster scenes, styled martial arts, a few twists, and outstanding gore. The gore was exceptionally well done, and there was no shortage of it, ugly taxidermy, and bloody stabbings. All of the actors gave excellent performances, and the music flowed well with the movie which gave the film the extra oomph it needed. One bad thing about the movie was that it had a love thing going on that was not necessary because it took up too much time and was not developed properly. The third act appears dragged on and slow as though they were trying to stay thru to time.

  • Brotherhood of the Wolf Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.81
  • IMDB: 7.1
  • MetaCritic: 5.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.3

About Brotherhood of the Wolf 2001

Title: Brotherhood of the Wolf
Year: 2001
Runtime: 142 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Action, Mystery, Adventure
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.4/5 stars from 57,409 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 57,409
MPAA Rating: R
Brotherhood of the Wolf Cast Starring: Monica Bellucci, Charles Maquignon, Vincent Cassel, Gaspard Ulliel, Emanuel Booz, Hans Meyer, François Hadji-Lazaro, François Hadji-Lazaro, Frankie Pain, Mark Dacascos, Jean Yanne, Jean-Pierre Jackson, Andres Fuentes, Jacques Perrin, Nicky Naudé, Nadine Marcovici, Johan Leysen, Daniel Herroin, Jean-Claude Braquet, Bernard Farcy, Gaëlle Cohen, David Bogino, Edith Scob, Virginie Arnaud, Pascal Laugier, Philippe Nahon, Isabelle Le Nouvel, Olivier Colat-Parros, Jean-Loup Wolff, Albane Fioretti
Brotherhood of the Wolf Writers: Stéphane Cabel, Christophe Gans
Brotherhood of the Wolf Director: Christophe Gans
Box Office: $10,793,478
Production: TVA International
Language: French, German, Italian
Country: France