Not very impressive horror/comedy muddle
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning
** Sunday Night * Monday Morning
There seems to be a Breach of the Trade Descriptions Act going on with
a lot of these straight to video action films, where the cover gives
the wrong impression of what sort of movie it's going to be and even
puts a lead star on the front cover that doesn't actually have that
much screen time. Vinnie Jones does end up getting a bit more coverage
than it first looks like he will, but he's still missing for quite a
bit of it and certainly doesn't feel like the main player in it all.
And while it looks from the cover like another one of his straight to
DVD action films, it's actually more of a messy, jumbled horror/comedy
sort of film that goes to both extremes with each genre.
Actually, this is Jones's second collaboration with, and the second
feature film of director Brendan Foley, following his equally
disastrous debut The Riddle, where Jones was also the lead. But here
everything's really lumpen, with truly cheap looking production values,
an incomprehensible, incoherent plot and Jones doing his usual silent,
grumpy hard man act with some really flat dialogue to chew off. All
this and a big, ogre some killer going around bumping everyone off.
I'm really not sure what anyone was trying to get at with this one.
Jones should try and get back in theatres and Foley should think about
packing it in. *.
All Bogged Down*
(* pun intended)
The only good thing about Legend Of The Bog is some good Irish scenery.
Other than that there's pretty much nothing else to recommend.
It starts off looking like it's going to be a fairly entertaining
zombie type movie with Vinnie Jones doing an impersonation of Rupert
Everett in Cemetery Man (or is it Dellamorte Dellamore?) but it goes
downhill pretty fast when we meet the rest of the cast.
The characters are mostly obnoxious. We've got the ugly American and
her driver, a despicable b---h she is, an idiot he; the pretty American
and her pal, nothing more than kill fodder; the egghead archaeologist
and college student, first she hates, him then she loves him, then she
accidentally stabs him with a sharp stick; last we have the hunter, a
character who's motives are pretty much a mystery, a one-dimensional
cardboard cutout played by Vinnie Jones. They all get stranded through
various mishaps in Jones' hunting shack near the bog.
Speaking of Jones, why isn't this guy in better movies? He virtually
stole the show in The Condemned a few years back. I thought it was
going to be a springboard to better things. Maybe he's difficult or
Anyway, the bog creature is really just a prehistoric oaf, acting a bit
like the titular character from Eegah!, reanimated through some means
Also never explained is what all these people having killed someone
beforehand has to do with the rest of the movie.(If you haven' seen
this yet, don't ask.) It's hinted that it has something to do with
what's happening but never elaborated on.
If you make it to the end, please fast forward through the college
girl's vomit inducing story and flashback. Then again maybe you like
incest and stillborn inbred babies but it made me a bit queasy! Yuck!.