Never Cry Wolf (1983)


“In the end there were no simple answers. No heroes or villains; only silence.” – Tyler

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Aug 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A researcher is sent to the vast Canadian wilderness in order to study the lives of wolves.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing the trailer for when it debuted on HBO back in the 80’s, yet never had much of a desire to see what it was all about.

The story itself is quite intriguing, yet they present things in a very boring and drawn out way that it’s quite difficult to care about things.

Charles Martin Smith is a great actor, but he is unable to hold together a nearly two hour film where he is the only character to appear in every scene.

The film has some nice supporting characters, but none are on screen long enough to really make an impact.

The main thing that they get right here is essential to this kind of film and that is from the cinematographic perspective.

The landscapes are quite breath taking to view and the Canadian Wilderness is filmed as a vast wasteland of snow.

The Caribou scene is quite amazing to watch despite the fact that we get a naked Smith running among the herd

Bottom Line – Intriguing story that is presented in such a boring way which is a shame. Smith is a great actor, yet he doesn’t have the ability to hold this whole film on his own since he is the only character that appears in every scene. The supporting characters are able to help out a bit along the way, but none of them stay around long enough to be more impactful.  As with any film of this kind the reason to watch it is de to the cinematography. This film gives us some great landscape shots of the Canadian wilderness and the Caribou scene is quite breathtaking to watch, despite a scantily clad Smith running throughout the herd.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Nearly a third of the movie’s budget went into filming the scene of Farley running with the caribou. Several helicopters flew overhead, herding the caribou, before the wolves were released. The filming took twenty hours a day for a month. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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