Tooth & Nail Review
Written by: jamhorner
This movie was interesting and right after seeing an apocalyptic Manhattan / New York, here comes another "end-of-the-world" movie, this time it wasn't a plague that did us in, or a virus, or war, or fire, or bacteria, or even a meteor, it was something much more simpler. I will not say it so that those who haven't seen it can savor the moment. Anyway, there are a group of survivors who band together and survive in an old hospital when they pick up a mysterious young woman, who inadvertently lead the Rovers to the group. Now the group has to fend for themselves and fight the evil cannibalistic group. The emotions were pretty strong and good, except for Vinnie Jones, Rider Strong and Rachel Miner. The plot was well thought of but it seemed like a land engulfed, intensified version of WaterWorld. I thought that the concept was good but there some parts in this were it just ridiculous.
The acting was very mediocre and at points very over the top. Some of the acting was okay for the situations, like when your being hunted down by cannibals, the emotion and reactions were very strong and good, but when the horror stopped and the drama began, the performances quickly turned into a bad afternoon soap opera. Rider Strong and Rachel Miner were the biggest problems. In Rider's previous Horror Fest film, Borderland, his performance was electric, but in this movie, he seemed a bit over the top when the situation calls for something a lot calmer. Rachel Miner had a dry personality and seemed a bit too calm for her role and the very predictable twist at the end gives the reason why she acted the way she does. I'm sorry but she could have put a lot more emotion into her character and at least give us the illusion that you are in pain and fear. Nicole DuPort, who plays the heroine, does an outstanding performance through 90% of the movie but when she starts adding "war paint" and seeks revenge on the cannibals, then it was more humorous than scary.
It was very interesting to see that this movie took place entirely inside a hospital, with the exception of an occasional basement scene or an old factory yard scene. It was very well thought of rather than taking the approach of showing what the world has amounted to when "the end" finally hits, in some way this perspective allows the audience to imagine the world themselves and how they might think it looks. There were however some very interesting parts that I thought was completely unnecessary like the water purifier scene, some of the scenes where the little girl just roller blades down the halls and the random sex scenes that I have absolutely no purpose. Michael Madsen had a small and very weak role as well as David Carradine. Part of me wishes that David would have had a stronger role and to see him fend for himself in extreme situations, but I guess I couldn't see that.
All in all, this movie was good for what it was worth. There were some cheesy parts, over the top acting, random sex and violence and at point's very humors. There were some scares, I'll admit that I jumped here and there but the way that the camera's were angled, you could tell something was about to happen. The acing was very good aside from specific people. The plot was great and unique as well as the "set." I will say that the very end, and I mean the exact last 10 seconds was the funniest thing I have ever seen, and my theater audience would agree. It wasn't scary, just funny. This movie would fall under the category for guilty pleasure and I would recommend this movie to those horror fans who want a medium scare rather than heavy or light.