ByJohn Mountain, writer at
John Mountain

Directed and Written by David Hayter

Cayden Richards (Lucas Till) is a young, athletic teenager with everything going for him and a bright future on the horizon. That is until he discovers that he's not only a werewolf but that he may have also killed-and partially devoured-his parents. Cayden flees and eventually meets Wild Joe, another werewolf who points him in the direction of Lupine Ridge, a town where (nearly) everyone is a werewolf. Lupine Ridge is a divided town; on one side there are the purebred wolves that live peacefully in the town, some of whom haven't transformed in years. On the other side there is Connory Slaughter (Jason Momoa), a purebred leading a pack of turned humans with one goal in mind and that is the taking of Angelina Timmins (Merritt Patterson), also a purebred, as his mate. He's willing to kill anyone or anything that gets in his way and it falls on Cayden to stop him. During the course of this Cayden is taken in by John Tollerman (the perpetually reliable Stephen McHattie) and his wife as a hired hand on Tollerman's farm and it is from John that he learns of his lupine heritage.

I like to think of Wolves as a supernatural superhero movie. The fight scenes alone in the movie would be enough proof of this. Bodies are tossed about with superhuman strength and the werewolves make a thirty foot leap look like a step over a puddle. The film is directed by David Hayter and this is his first time behind the camera. Before that he was a screenwriter whose credits include X-Men, X2: X-Men United and Watchmen. Wolves stars Lucas Till aka the mutant Havok from X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past; and Jason Momoa aka Arthur Curry/Aquaman of director Zack Snyder's follow-up to Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

I can cite other reasons for this: the opening narration when Cayden relays to us the strange changes in his life are reminiscent of Tobey Maguire's monologues in the first Spider-man; with fur, fangs and claws comes great responsibility-or something to that effect. After Cayden is accused of killing his parents in a werewolf rage he becomes a fugitive as he travels the country in search of himself and answers as to who, or what, he is and a way, if there is a way, that he can control his wolfman urges. Maybe it's just me but that sounds an awful lot like the premise of the The Incredible Hulk TV series from the late 1970's to the early 1980's.

With any werewolf film one must discuss the make-up and effects and Wolves is no exception. Although the transformation scenes leave a bit to be desired the aftermath of those transformations do not. The werewolf makeup is in my opinion a hybrid between what one might find in a film like The Howling with added ingredients of The Wolfman.

Please don't mistake any of what I have previously told you as criticism because it is definitely not. I watched Wolves not knowing what to expect and came away from it pleasantly surprised. The things Hayter has learned writing superheroes and, hell, I'll even throw in his voice work on the Metal Gear Solid video game series, has helped him to put together a solid, entertaining and action-packed movie that should easily sate the palates of both fans of the super and the supernatural.


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