DVD Review: The Wicked [MA15]

1000318Dir: Peter Winther
Starring: Devon Werkheiser, Justin Deeley, Jess Adams, Jamie Kaler, Caitlin Carmichael

The Film:
I am always up for a film about a legend, and The Wicked sounded like it had a good premise. I usually proceed with caution with these sorts of films, some promise the world and deliver a grain of sand. I decided to remain intact with this film, no expectations and it worked as I had an okay time with this one. There was a lot of ambition on display and those involved really tried to make it work. I admire that passion and I think that actually really shines through with this, it may be low budget but it over comes a lot of those restraints.

There is a simple enough story here about a town legend that just happens to have some truth to it. We have the group of teens that always show up, with a 50% rate of likeability. So there is a cool concept there, and it is engaging enough to keep the audience interested until the end. I actually really liked the story that went with the legend, it was different and I liked how it was handled.

The film had some issues, too slow after the opening and it just really needed to get where it was going faster. It was unsure of what type of film it wanted to be, it needed to have that tongue in cheek aspect firmly planted down in my opinion. The direction was rather good, I think the script was decent also and the cast did a good job.

At the end of the day you could do a lot worse, and The Wicked ends up being an above average genre affair.

Reviewers Note: This review is a mini-review, and not a full-length review due to my on-going health and medical issues. Unfortunately for now my reviews will be brief, it is the only way I can bring you reviews at all. Thanks for your understanding and support.

The Australian DVD 
The DVD I reviewed was a screener, so I am unable to comment on Picture/Audio quality.

The DVD release will include the extra ‘Making Of Featurette’


DVD details here.

Thanks to Bill care of Accent Film Entertainment for the copy.


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