Movie: Strange Wilderness (R)
Released: February 1st, 2008
Runtime: 1 hr. 27 min.
Ticket Price: $7.50 Matinee
Refreshments: Gummy Bears
Starring: Steve Zahn, Allen Covert, Jonah Hill, Kevin Heffernan & Ashley Scott
Director: Fred Wolf
Rating: Don’t Even Bother
Synopsis: The popular host of a top wildlife TV show dies and his son takes over the show. Unfortunately, he is a bumbling, blathering, imbecile that thinks he is as talented as his father. He throws in useless bits of knowledge that don’t make sense or are completely made up and the show starts sinking in the ratings. His father’s old filming partner happens upon a map to what is supposed to be the cave of Bigfoot. He decides to take his crew on the hunt of the elusive beast in Central America and disaster after disaster befalls them.
Review: Strange Wilderness is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. In a weekend of pick your poison releases like The Eye and Over Her Dead Body, it looks like I picked the one that would result in the slowest and most painful death possible. It makes last year’s worst, Good Luck Chuck, look positively brilliant by comparison. I mean, a guy in front of me left about halfway through and never came back.
Strange Wilderness is just a jumbled up pile of gross-out and shock humor attempts, almost all of which fail. It is shoddily thrown together and looks as though they came up with a loose story idea and went the improvisation route to fill things in. Unfortunately, it is the slow route to nowhere and should be taken at your own peril.
Out of 55 movies watched last year, only one got a rating of Don’t Even Bother, the aforementioned Chuck. This year we didn’t waste anytime, as last month’s One Missed Call got the first one out of the way early. Yet, sitting through a 24-hour Call/Chuck double feature marathon would be preferable to the comedic agony and visual torment that is Strange Wilderness.
How about you, have you seen Strange Wilderness? If you haven’t, then by all means don’t. But, if you have, what did you think of it?