Saturday, 8 August 2009

Film Review: THE COTTAGE (2008)

Writer/Director: Paul Andrew Williams
Running time: 92 mins (approx)
Certificate (UK): 18

Watched on Sky+ Saturday 8th August 2009.


This is a film of two halves, the first half is very good, the second, not so good. I’m not sure exactly what writer/director Paul Andrew Williams was trying to achieve here. It starts well, characters and situation introduced quite nicely with some nice comic touches. But then it degenerates into a mindless gore fest for no reason I can fathom. The story was set up perfectly for something much more intelligent, but descended into another film entirely. It’s almost as if Paul Andrew Williams got some 15 year old horror freak to write the second half, or maybe I’m doing a disservice to 15 year old horror freaks! Anyhow, I’ll tell you something about the plot before I rant on any more.

Two brothers, David and Peter have kidnapped Tracey, the step-daughter of a gangster and night-club owner, in order to extort some money from him. They take her to a remote cottage where they tie her up in a bedroom while they carry out their plan. One of the brothers, Peter, is just a family man who doesn’t want any trouble. His nerdy appearance and manor make for some quite comical moments, especially when he’s trying to act tough. The much more street-wise David is finding it hard to deal with his brother’s total ineptitude. They contact the gangster and arrange a money- drop. This is carried out by the third conspirator, Andrew, the gangster’s son. Throw in some creepy locals who warn of no good coming to those who wander about at night, and a couple of hired Chinese (or Korean, I’m not sure) goons, and the first half of the film is complete. From here on it goes downhill rapidly, I’ll not say much, but needless to say the gore factor and body count go up considerably when they go wandering about at night…

Quite well shot on the Isle of Man, although the location in the film is supposed to be somewhere outside London. Decent performances from the main characters, Andy Serkis as David, Reece Shearsmith as Peter, Jennifer Ellison as Tracey and Steven O'Donnell as Andrew. I don’t really have much else to say about this one, it started out as a Horror/Comedy but I’m not sure it made it as either and my score of 5/10 is only for the first half of the film.

My score: 5/10

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