Nobody believes a liar – even when they’re telling the truth. When a young woman is found murdered, a group of local high school students decide to further scare their classmates by spreading online rumors that a serial killer called “The Wolf” is on the loose. By describing “The Wolf’s” next victims, the students’ game is to see how many people they can convince – and if anyone will uncover the lie. But when the described victims actually do start turning up dead, suddenly no one knows where the lies end and the truth begins. As someone or something begins hunting the students themselves, the game turns terrifyingly real.
I had heard about this movie almost a year before its release. The web site was rather bare. About the only thing that I learned from the web site was that it was just about another serial killer. I had almost no expectations for this movie going into it. I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw when I did finally see it.
Now, this isn’t a classic or original story by any means but I really was drawn into this movie. One reason I really liked this movie is the main actor, Julian Morris, as Owen, the new kid on campus who wants to fit in by any means. When he finds the opening, being that of Dodger (and love interest), he runs with it.
Basically, Dodger is one of the most popular girls (almost a leader) of a small group (cliché) of the campus inner circle. She had them start a game called “Cry Wolf” in which one person is the Wolf and everybody has to figure out who the real Wolf is. Dodger invites Owen to the game and he figures out who the Wolf is in his very first try. Dodger tells him that she wants to up the stakes of the game.
Owen hears about a girl who was killed near the campus and he devises a game to include the whole school within the cry Wolf game. He works out a plan with the rest of the group of kids. He posts an e-mail message to everyone at the school and tells them a serial killer is on campus and will claim his next victim on Halloween and everyone starts searching for the Wolf. Things go bad when a real killer starts killing people as outlined by the group of kids. It’s a roller coaster ride of a whodunit game where everyone suspects everyone else. Like I said, it’s not the most original idea.
I was really drawn into the movie by a few of the main characters. But I especially liked Julian Morris because he is a great British actor (everyone else is American in the film) and I am partial to him because he resembles a guy I went to high school with (Scott Paulis, if you happen to read this). This factor probably helped me be more drawn into his character. I will gamble to say that he will only get better as an actor as time goes by.
The rest of the cast is pretty good as well but only the few main characters have any big roles at all. Dodger is the best actress. Tom is played by Jared Padalecki, who also plays Sam on the TV series, Supernatural, and Wade in the new House of Wax – so his name is starting to grow as in actor but I hope he starts getting better roles soon. I just saw that Jon Bon Jovi is in it too but, to be honest I did not even notice him. (Not a Jon Bon Jovi fan, well, never tried his stuff yet *gasp!*) He plays Rich Walker, one of the campus teachers. That’s all I can say without spoiling his role.
Cry_Wolf is rated PG13 so there’s little, if any, gore and no nudity. No SFX needed really. It more story & character based, which is refreshing for a murder mystery type of movie for the younger generation that usually resort to sex, nudity and/or sex to cover up for its inadequacies.
The ending is kind of a twist but, if you watch closely, you’ll most likely guess who the killer is. It’s not a shocker but I felt a little bit pleased for guessing who the killer was.
Overall, this isn’t a masterpiece or an award-winner but I liked it. It’s not a serial killer movie so, if you’re looking for that, this probably isn’t for you. If you like movies like “Scream”, you should like this. Not horror per se but horror fans might enjoy this.