Boar (2017)

Director: Chris Sun
Writer: Kirsty Dallas, Chris Sun
Cast: Nathan Jones, Bill Moseley, John Jarratt, Steve Bisley, Roger Ward, Hugh Sheridan, Chris Haywood, Ernie Dingo, Simone Buchanan, Christie-Lee Britten, Madeleine Kennedy, Chris Bridgewater, Melissa Tkautz
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 29.9.2018

A small town in Australia has been having some trouble with wild animals. Fences torn down, livestock going missing. But they don’t know that they don’t actually have problems with animals, plural, but instead one big animal, one fucker of a boar. As the boar starts attacking anybody who dares come into its outback, people start dying in big numbers.

Boar is everything you could want in a creature feature: it has a good sense of humor, nice characters and a good creature design. I mostly enjoyed it, even though there were some pacing issues in the second half.

The film poster showing a boar head with an open mouth and massive fangs in profile.

Look, if you’ve seen one creature feature, you can guess how Boar is going to play out. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t enjoyable to watch it unfold. Especially since the boar looks really great, especially when they stick to the practical effects. The CGI part was less convincing, but that was okay.

Most of the fun comes from the characters, though. It is here that the script really strikes gold, managing a good mix of different people who are all extremely likeable (well, all but Robert), have good chemistry and banter with each other. Particular standout was Nathan Jones’ Bernie who was absolutely adorable.

A police man and a farmer standing behind a car, pointing a big flashlight at something.

But once the bloodbath really gets underway, the film loses some of its steam and struggles with the pacing a little bit. The gore just isn’t as interesting and fun as the characters and when focus shifted away from them, so did my interest shift away from the film.

That being said, it was still a whole lot of fun and the ending was mostly very satisfying (although I wouldn’t have needed the gun-shy person to be the one pulling the trigger in the end, making this character development that is portrayed as absolutely positive). All of this makes Boar highly entertaining.

Three disheveled women, one of them pointing a shot gun at something.

Summarizing: Fun.

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