An anesthesiologist must awaken her animal instincts when she, her husband, and her brother-in-law become the quarry of unseen hunters who want to turn them all into trophies. (source)
I recently watched this at 3:30am on a work day. Why, you ask? Because it was part of the splendiferous Shitfest Social, and I would never, ever miss a Shitfest Social for the life of me (except that one I did miss and still regret missing). I love Shitfest Social, where a whole bunch of talkative film lovers get together to watch a film en masse and comment our reactions over at a post hosted by the amazing Eric of Isaacs Picture Conclusions. It’s the best!
If you’d like to know some thoughts I experienced as a result of watching this very special film, read on!
- Preservation stars a generic blonde-ish woman as the lead (Wrenn Schmidt), Pornstache from Orange is the New Black (Pablo Schreiber), and Ken Cosgrove from Mad Men (Aaron Staton).
- Pornstache and Ken Cosgrove will never be known as their character names. They will always be Pornstache and Ken Cosgrove to me.
- I actually didn’t hate this and didn’t think that it was a waste of time.
- The cliche of people getting hunted down by unknown assailants in the woods is a very well known one, and is a bit of a tired cliche, but this manages to still be quite tense and thrilling.
- That being said, some parts are so ridiculous to the point of having a big LOL.
- This film suffers from villains who are seemingly unkillable, some of the most convenient deus ex machina escapes I’ve ever seen (e.g. a wedding ring that can cut through wire cables), and the inevitable killing of the dog that comes along on the camping trip (unforgivable).
- It also suffers from its protagonists making really dumb choices, such as Ken Cosgrove hiding in a completely obvious portable toilet from a man who has an assault rifle and a big old knife, and then Ken Cosgrove rattling around inside the portable toilet, thereby giving away his location instantly. Really dumb.
- The female protagonist is frail and weak in the first half but somehow becomes a Rambo-style killing machine by the end. Oh, and she’s pregnant.
- But yet I didn’t hate it. It was a good time. The cinematography and constant creepy music were great. The storytelling and characters were just really silly.
- Anyway, now I’ve had “the bear went over the mountain” lullaby in my head for what seems like a very long time.
- As to the ending of the film, if you want a nice explanation look no further than this insightful comment from Gary Greg of The Critical Critic: “I think it’s a social commentary how boys are conditioned to play w/ guns at a young age, and the affect it can have on some, as the teens in the woods seemed to think hunting and killing those people was merely a game; something they learned to do at a young age – just as the little boy in the shopping cart with the toy gun.”
- Very nice!
- Also, director Christopher Denham was one of the lead actors in Sound of My Voice (2011), which was a great film.
Watch the trailer here.