Director Gonzalo López-Gallego (US 2014)
What do you do when you wake up in an open mass grave literally surrounded by dead bodies? That’s exactly what happens to John, played by Sharlto Copley (Elysium, District 9). Let me just say he was kind of better off in the hole.
Open Grave is the third film from Spanish director Gonzalo López-Gallego known for Apollo 18 (2011). After John is rescued from the hole he finds himself in a house with five strangers like himself cannot remember who they are, how they wound up where they are, and why their memories have been wiped clean. This should be interesting. Yeah well should be interesting, but sadly nope.
Once the mystery unfolds you then start to see who or what the actual antagonist is and the plot does surprise you for about a second. Although the idea of what has happened is scary, the execution is lacking. The story and scenes are drawn out to the point of tedium. You are given clues to the final puzzle, through flashbacks, but the huge reveal is not really explained until the last second, and by that time trust me you won’t care and if you are like me you might be asleep. The storyline is just not put together properly, which means the mystery is more disjointed than mysterious.
The actors do what they can with a story that was probably more interesting on paper,
in action on film it’s a bit of a yawn. Now I will mention I watched this during a two day juice cleanse so I was extremely sleepy anyway. Perhaps this made Open Grave’s a shade on the boring side for me, because only the last half has any puff of fleeting action. Action – I’m using that word loosely here.
Although I didn’t love Open Grave, if you are in the mood and have the patience for it -it’s slightly enjoyable. The last scenes are a little annoying however or maybe it was the juice.
Open Grave is out on DVD/Blu-Ray and running on select cable channels now.