In the Scottish highlands a squad of British soldiers is on a training mission- or so I gathered. Unbeknownst to them a team of someone(s) was there to trap a werewolf and… I’ve said too much. Let’s just say they all grossly underestimated how many beasts were stalking them. After a lone survivor (Liam Cunningham) of the second group is found, all start hauling ass to get out of there. The werewolves have arrived. More saviors- a pretty woman (Megan Cleasby) and her dog Sam take them to a cottage.
Every event in this movie has purpose. It moves the plot along and nothing is tedious, as some horror movies tend to be. For a bunch of tough guys they are either sissies- well look at their situation, I’d be pissing my pants all over the place-, funny, or even enigmatic at points but we care about all of them before they die… Werewolves are used as men in suits (with stilts for height) and animatronic features (such as moving the muzzle and ears for realism). Director Neil Marshall was brilliant in his use of lighting, giving enough for the violence to set in.
What I’m trying to say is he doesn’t shy away from showing the audience what they’re up against with the soldiers. These werewolves are just so downright scary, brutal, and smart. Instead of going all out each werewolf goes out in waves, hiding in the dark, or other things I don’t want to ruin. Door handles aren’t a problem either. Megan reveals a neat little history for the werewolves and an unexpected event lets the wolves in.
Did I mention they're (werewolves) smart? Warning, gore and language. And an explosion, I mustn't forget the explosions.
You’ll never be bored in this movie. It simply isn’t possible. Oh and before I forget, the acting is phenomenal. Bad-ass veterans (sorta-kinda) Liam Cunningham as Captain Ryan and Sean Pertwee (holding his intestines in) as Sergeant Harry Wells are unforgettable in their roles; both men can clearly lead an entire army based off of their stern looks alone. Sam the Dog is adorable and no one would or should want that little fuzzy guy to die.
Overall this is an astounding movie which deserves far more credit. It has spirit, it has heart thudding action, and suspense. To add in there are special effects which rival CGI and blow it out of the water. The dialog is tight and realistic. Dog Soldiers is just fun-a-moment movie for adults who don’t want the experience ruined by kiddies.
***** out of *****