katrinaolson.ca - Review of Ferocious

Posted on Friday, March 08, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Review Type: Festival

Image Courtesy of IMDB

Tonight was one of those nights, where I am running from one thing to another and get swept up in the moment ending up somewhere completely different than where I was supposed to, but I believe, things happen for a reason, and that reason for me tonight was to meet Sons of Anarchy Star Kim Coates (Alex ‘Tig’ Trager) and see the new film he stars in called  Ferocious (Robert Cuffley, Canada, 2012) playing at the Globe theater until Thursday March 14, 2013.

This film was Sons of Anarchy meets 90210 set in Saskatchewan night club. Intriguing, right!?! The film stars Dustin Milligan who I recognized as Ethan in the new 90210 tv series, and the leading actress is Amanda Crew, a fresh-faced up-and-coming beautiful and talented Canadian actress.

I had no idea what to expect from this film, walking in blindly, but I recognized Kim Coates because my husband is a huge Sons of Anarchy Fan and just as I make him sit through HBO’s GIRLS, he makes me sit through episodes of Son’s of Anarchy.  I am not a fan of the genre of biker gang violence, but there is no arguing that Son’s of Anarchy hooks you with its riveting plot lines and the acting is beyond phenominal.

Ferocious was creepy, enthralling and at time slightly humorous. I was on the edge of my seat, and for the first time while watching a Canadian film… the story was NOT predictable. It kept me hanging on right until the end. I remember thinking to myself while watching Ferocious “something in this film reminds me of Walk All Over Me”  a festival film I saw years ago. When I got home and went on IMDB, I realized that Robert Cuffley wrote and directed that film as well, and Michael Eklund also starred in it.  It’s always nice to have a reference of a writer/directors previous work to see how their style advances.   The other film that came to my mind while watching Ferocious was Buffalo ’66 (Vincent Gallo, 1998, USA) not because of the story really, but something about the character of Sal (played by Kim Coates) kept bringing me back to the character Billy Brown from Buffalo ‘66, written and played by Vincent Gallo himself. The character is this twisted, misguided grease ball who has the attributes of an emotionally damaged little boy.  Props to Robert Cuffley for not only a great story, but for developing complex and seedy characters that really intrigue your audience.

Ferocious is a gem of a Canadian film and I really enjoyed it.  Go see it at the Globe, but not tomorrow because it’s the $100 Film Festival, see it Sunday! It’s playing at the Globe until March 14, 2012.

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