reviewed by Andrew James
Eco terrorists botch a plan to expose genetic scientists' experiments with sheep DNA engineering. They inadvertantly launch a virus that make sheep EXTREMELY agressive and turns anything bitten by a sheep, into one. The man in charge of the entire corporation is one half of a pair of siblings; the other of which has just returned to the farm to collect his half of the quarterly earnings. Instantly they begin to bicker, get split up and this when the story sort of takes off.
The movie is silly and outlandish enough at first that it really had me interested in what this could be. I mean basically it's The Birds but with sheep. What's not to love right? Well, it has some early potential but frankly the idea just gets stale really quickly and is not as humorous as the film makers think it is. Most of the dialogue is eye-rollingly awful (especially by the main heroine) in the film.
Unfortunately this is where the fun ends however. As soon as people start to morph into sheep, things just got too corny and cliche'd for me. The sheep people aren't scary or funny; they're just stupid. Still, we're forced to endure more than one cat and mouse, shakey-cam chase through a barn or a house. I realize that the film isn't supposed to be taken too seriously, but it still needs to play more upon its strengths (the real sheep and the one or two uexpected, Shaun of the Dead type mishaps) and less upon its weaknesses (lame dialogue, sheep people) than it does.
If it's splatter you're looking for, you'll be happy. Sheep rip people apart limb to limb and there are several "blood splatters on the wall" moments. Once you're about 30 minutes into the movie, you won't go more than five mintues without a gross-out scene that is both shocking and humorous at the same time. Nothing really unique (except the fact that it's sheep doing the eating), but if this is your thing, a higher rank this film deserves.
Basically it just comes down to the fact that I didn't really care about any of the characters, I've seen blood before, it wasn't particularly funny, the dialogue is atrocious and the entire film is mired in cliche. The only thing really going for it were the crazy shots of real sheep shown in interesting ways and attacking people at will. It's thankfully short at 87 minutes and it has its moments, but if I had wanted to spend more time in the theater, I would've gone right to the customer service desk to ask for my money ba-a-a-a-a-ck.
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