23 December 2013 | ma-cortes
Hollywood rendition about mythical werewolf with all-star-cast and grand production design
Grisly horror , thrills and chills in this enjoyable terror film starred by an excellent protagonist trio, Jack Nicholson , Michelle Pfeiffer and James Spader . Wolf is a creepy terror movie that have you breathless . Publisher Will Randall (Jack Nicholson) suffers a car accident when is attacked by a wolf as he has turned into a werewolf . Randall is developing an extraordinary force and to be aware himself there happened more than a crash and has a horrible curse who cannot to control . Will becomes a werewolf at each full moon and has to fight to keep his job against his competitor colleague (James Spader) . Then he undergoes a dental and hirsute transformation at the night and going on a murderous rampage every time the moon is full. He increases strength , heightened senses and unnatural sexual impulse and he sprouts hair and pointy ears . Inside every man there are two people-one good, one beast . Meanwhile , Randall is accused for his wife's (Kate Nelligan) death and fall in love with the gorgeous daughter (Michelle Pfeiffer , though Mia Farrow was slated to play her and Sharon Stone turned down the female lead) of his shrewd boss (Christopher Pummer) .
This exciting chiller displays thriller , drama , action , suspense, terror , werewolves fights , a love story with mysterious touches and turns out quite entertaining . It's some different but with clear references to former films dealing with werewolves . Good performances from Jack Nicholson as a notorious publisher who is bitten by a werewolf and becomes one himself and the beautiful Michelle Pfeiffer along with James Spader . This was the second movie that Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer made together after The witches of Eastwick (1987) and their first since Jack played the Joker in Batman (1989) and Michelle played Catwoman in Batman returns (1992). Very good support cast plenty of familiar faces such as Richard Jenkins as Detective Bridger , Eileen Atkins as Mary ,David Hyde Pierce as Roy , Om Puri as Dr. Vijay , Ron Rifkin as Doctor , Prunella Scales as Maude , Brian Markinson as Detective Wade and special mention to veteran Christopher Plummer . The transformation of man into werewolf is complex and made by expert make-up artist Rick Baker , creator in ¨The Wolfman¨ , ¨Men in black¨ , ¨Grinch¨ , ¨Gorillas in the mist¨ and many others . The notorious screenwriters Wesley Strick and Jim Harrison provide a well-knit plot with mystery and horror , giving full rein to Mike Nichols natural talent for the genre . Jack Nicholson had been trying to get this film made with his friend, writer Jim Harrison, for 12 years . Colorful and evocative cinematography by the Italian Giuseppe Rotunno . Rousing musical score by the great Ennio Morricone who composes a sensitive as well as thrilling soundtrack ; however John Williams was originally attached to compose the music for this film .
This big budget motion picture was well directed by Mike Nichols (The graduate , Catch 22, Silkwood , Working girl , Regarding Henry , Closer) , though release was delayed for 6 to 8 months to re-shoot the entire third act . It's a nice terror flick and and turns out to be an acceptable attempt to cash in the werewolf sub-genre . Rating : 6,5 Good . Better than average and worthwhile watching .