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Open Grave (2013)

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A man wakes up in the wilderness, in a pit full of dead bodies, with no memory and must determine if the murderer is one of the strangers who rescued him, or if he himself is the killer.
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Cast overview:
Sharlto Copley ... John / Jonah
Thomas Kretschmann ... Lukas
Josie Ho ... Brown Eyes
Joseph Morgan ... Nathan
Erin Richards ... Sharon
Max Wrottesley ... Michael
Márta Szabó Márta Szabó ... Crone
Balázs Szitás Balázs Szitás ... Sickly Man
Zsuzsa Szabados Zsuzsa Szabados ... Grandma (as Zsuzsanna Szabados)
Tofi Seffer Tofi Seffer ... Boy
Éva Botos Éva Botos ... Mother
Kati Dombi Kati Dombi ... Moaner Woman
Araceli Sanz Araceli Sanz ... Voice of Grandma (voice)
Pedro De Santiago Pedro De Santiago ... Voice of Boy (voice)
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A man wakes up in a pit of dead bodies with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Fleeing the scene, he breaks into a nearby house and is met at gunpoint by a group of terrified strangers, all suffering from memory loss. Suspicion gives way to violence as the group starts to piece together clues about their identities, but when they uncover a threat that's more vicious - and hungry - than each other, they are forced to figure out what brought them all together - before it's too late. Written by Tribeca Film

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The moment you wake up, the nightmare begins


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Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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USA | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anoihtos tafos See more »

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Hungary

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2.35 : 1
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Filming occurred in May 2012 in Hungary. Copley was confirmed to star in the film on 2 May 2012. See more »

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Despite there being a pit of human corpses, there are no flies or any other obvious signs of decomposition (such as maggots, rotting flesh, any suggestion of a foul odor, etc). See more »

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John: We were here to help
John: But we failed.
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Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)
Written by María López-Gallego
Performed by María López-Gallego
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Made me realize I haven't seen a really good movie in a long time
6 December 2013 | by sad_otterSee all my reviews

Yeah, I'm going to try and say as little as possible about the plot. Actually, nothing about the plot would be best. Some people spend the entire time watching a movie like this trying to "figure it out" or whatever. Which is fine and all but disrespects the movie to a degree. I'm not one of those people but even if I were, I seriously doubt it would help much.

The story has quite a bit of mystery to it. You don't really know much more than the characters for most of the run time, but it's a good thing. It isn't frustrating/mysterious like David Lynch or something, and there is a pay off in the third act. I'm not a particularly dumb man but a couple things I was still vague on at the end, but I prefer that to being beaten over the head w/explanations or, god forbid, a narrator.

I suppose it's more of a 7-8 but I'm giving it 9 for originality (more impressive considering it's somewhat unoriginal setup and seemingly going into an extremely overdone genre). Yeah, that won't make much sense until you watch it. Neither will this smooth segue: I don't like Vin Diesel at all (See! what?) but I still give Pitch Black a decent score for similar reasoning. That was an original sci-fi story and deserved props (despite it's Mr. Potato Head leading man/meatsicle). Same w/Open Grave. I didn't know what was going to happen. I didn't feel screwed when I found out. It wasn't perfect, but also in a good way (as in too perfect becomes fake/meaningless whereas a blemish or two makes it all the better for being identifiable). And, though it's not an ending that makes you want to jump around riding ponies over rainbows, I felt good at the end. Remembered thinking, "thanks, I needed that" (God knows why I think these things).

Most of the actors are unknown to me, w/the exception of Copley, but all did a great job. I'm digging that he's primarily becoming a sci-fi(ish) actor. Hasn't been many of those in a long time. When I finished Europa Report I had an unsatisfied, I-only-got-to-eat-half-a-sandwich-and-I'm- still-hungry kind of feeling. It was okay (I guess; opinions and all) but this is better. I'm thinking the acting was good because the parts were good. Big famous celebrities can carry movies and parts that are really empty and uninspiring just cuz we want to see them. I think Open Grave could be recast (not that it needs it) and be just as good. It's a good story, they filmed it good, etc.

Watch it. Do it, now. Just put the kids out back to graze and feed em later. Watch it. Aaarrrggghhhh....!!!!


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