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Amber dreams of escaping her small town existence and persuades her friends to accompany her to find an apartment in the big city. When their transportation breaks down, she and her friends gratefully accept a ride in the back of a semi. But when the driver refuses to stop and they discover the cargo is hundreds of cartons of blood, they panic. Their panic turns to terror when the truck disgorges them into a dark, abandoned warehouse where blood-thirsty creatures learn to hunt human prey, which, the friends realize, is what they now are... Written by
Look it's a bird, it's a plane...I don't know what that is
This starts out like a coming-of-age drama with a young woman named
Amber who's sick of small town life in Famfield despite her close
friends, mother and part time job. There are some unexplained snippets
with ominous visions that include people chasing her and decomposing
bodies. Is something calling her, or is it just the stress and mounting
pressure of cabin fever? She wants to move away and get her own
apartment in Chicago but first she has to get there with a deposit
before another prospective tenant. Her five friends tag along for the
road trip, until right outside of the city limits their car breaks
down. As chance would have it, a friendly semi-truck driver pulls over
and they beg him to take them to the windy city, but not before telling
him they want to snap his picture, that one should ride up front and,
of course, their family should know who they're with for safety's sake.
Can never be too careful, or can you?
They hang loose in the back cargo area by playing games, drinking and
smoking drugs. Suddenly they take a nasty swerve and get thrown about.
They call the driver and he gives them the run around to stop, which
makes them suspicious enough to call 911, though where they just
entered the signal doesn't go through. The driver backs in to a loading
area of an abandoned warehouse that looks like it used to be a
slaughterhouse. After the back door opens, everything turns into chaos
when they step out into the factory with no visible way out and strange
creatures who fly through the air, crawl on the walls and want to
consume their flesh sooner than they can rip it off. From then on out
it ends up being something like "The Most Dangerous Game" as these
victims are treated like not only lunch but challenging sport.
"Prowl" is a director's film first and foremost. It has a steady pacing
that keeps up a certain element of mystery without laying out a full
view of its blueprints, as well as it manages to escalate the story to
different levels while still slowing down in a few areas to catch its
breath and explain. The dialogue also dances around and doesn't lay it
all out for the audience, which gives it some challenge and curious
questions even after the credits roll. It manages to cover up its plot
holes--sometimes after the fact, which makes you wonder about a few in
the meantime--such as certain physicalities. It gradually unveils the
blood-craving beasts from quick shots to extended, which keeps a viewer
guessing as to what they are and what it all means while--thank the
horror Gods!--doesn't fold in on itself and make what they have going
too cheesy. This is more intriguing and mysterious like a thriller than
it is continually scary like a horror, though there are still a few
jumping shocks used to rile one's pulse, even if not terrifying.
What at first seems like it's only prolonging the inevitable, comes
full circle and turns into a tale of finding out what Amber's life
means before she even gets to her promised land. The blood is more
watery than the truly crimson looking stuff and there are frantic
camera shots that go a little overboard. Though this was a quick, basic
and entertaining piece that could have been a run-of-the-mill movie
with different direction, less measurement and passion put into, not to
mention it's a simple story that only has a few conventions tweaked
around and isn't the most original out there, but the way it carried
itself was turned into an effective experience that urges forward. One
where it's a little more unexpected than other
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