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Preservation (2014)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 9 January 2015 (USA)
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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.

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Christopher Denham

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Cast overview:
Wrenn Schmidt ... Wit Neary
Pablo Schreiber ... Sean Neary
Aaron Staton ... Mike Neary
Cody Saintgnue ... Jack
Michael Chacon Michael Chacon ... Will
Nick Saso ... Ben
Nik Nik ... Buck
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Three family members head deep into the woods for a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. When all of their gear is stolen, they turn on each other, but soon realize there are much more treacherous forces at work.

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Man is the only animal that kills for fun ...

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Supervivencia See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Present Pictures See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The eldest of the killers is wearing a MGTOW symbol on his mask. See more »

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When they begin to walk to find their way back, Wit's X mark begins to fade a bit (only about the bottom half of the X was fading looking like a "V") and when her husband and brother-in-law stop fighting, her X mark "somehow" reappears. See more »

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Sean Neary: The brown wire is the piston.
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References Bambi (1942) See more »

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Pray To Me
Written by Alexis Marsh (SOCAN)
Published by Marsh Jones Music (BMI)
Performed by Alexis Marsh
Copyright 2014
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When paintball no longer satisfies...
22 January 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

If you decide to see "Preservation", there is a strong likelihood that you'll find the plot familiar. That's because it dates all the way back to 1924, with Richard Connell's story "The Most Dangerous Game". A few years later, the story would be brought to the big screen in the classic story by the same name, starring Joel McCrea and Leslie Banks. Since then, the story has been re-written time and time again--appearing in television shows (such as "Get Smart", believe it or not) and various movies. So, you cannot exactly give this film many points when it comes to originality.

Like the old story, someone likes hunting. But instead of animals, their quarry is people. The only huge difference here is that you really don't know who the killer or killers are until the end of the film--whereas in the original story is was some twisted Russian aristocrat. Otherwise, the three victims spend more than half the film on the run--trying to avoid being someone's trophy. There really isn't a whole lot more to the story than this.

On the plus side, the film is very tense. Some of the acting is pretty good and despite a small budget, the movie looks good. I also liked the identity of the hunters--this was an interesting twist. On the negative, the film isn't exactly fun to watch. After all, folks are getting butchered and there isn't a whole lot of subtlety about it. I also was irked by a cliché that I often see in films---someone disables their attacker and instead of finishing off the killer, they almost immediately turn their back on them so that they can be murdered. I don't know about you, but if someone is trying to kill me, I don't beat them up and then turn my back unless I am 110% sure that they are truly dead. Overall, I don't consider it a bad nor a good film but there isn't enough about it that would have me recommend you go see it. If you hate violent films, there's also another reason to avoid this one.

I saw promise in this film. In the future, I'd like to see these actors and filmmakers do a more challenging project--something with more originality and which allow them to expand on their skills.


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