Director: Lucky McKee
Starring: Pollyanna McIntosh, Sean Bridgers, Brandon Gerald Fuller and Lauren Ashley Carter
After being personally recommended this film after the HMV (sad face) cashier saw my DVD purchases, I thought I might as well just buy it as I was there anyway. But was ‘The Woman’ another rubbish recommendation?
Chris Cleek (Sean Bridgers) is the country lawyer that finds the last member of a violent tribe and decides to civilise her. In order to succeed in his twisted quest, he introduces his family to their new project. With Cleek’s jealous wife Belle (Angela Bettis), less than participatory daughter Peggy (Lauren Ashley Carter), completely oblivious daughter Darlin’ (Shyla Molhusen) and just-as-sick-as-his-Dad, Brian (Zach Rand) all in on his sinister secret, the possibilities are endless.
It’s hard to write a longer plot than that without giving too much away, so we’ll keep it short and sweet. When I first started watching this I immediately knew it was definitely going to get very gory and pretty dark, just from Chris Cleek’s character alone. Played extremely well by Bridgers, he gives the character the right amount of everyday Dad and also deranged right to the core. The mix of these two elements creates the perfect combination for creepy protagonist.
A very gripping film as the whole way through it is just a big build up to what is eventually going to happen, and it could go a few different ways. Originally it seemed as though gore might be minimal, but I was pleasantly surprised. It had a very macabre atmosphere to it and incorporated a few twists that I hadn’t seen coming. Although I was very sucked in by the film, the end left me questioning what had just happened. I can only describe the ending as surreal and possibly a little confusing.
All in all it was a certain recommendation that I was impressed with. This film is the sequel to “Offspring” although I personally haven’t watched it, and ‘The Woman’ still made sense to me, except the end, so maybe I should have watched it. Nevermind. If you’re into awkward, gory, disturbing and odd films then this one will have you raving, but if not, don’t torture yourself (others would enjoy it more).