Red's not too Good; LA Battle Pales Due to Japan's Tragedy

by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
Vampires and werewolves have found an unlikely stake in popular culture.
Twilight’s present day teen moon blood romance gives way for a crack at remolding a “fairy tale”. Instead of 21ST Century , “Red Riding Hood” regresses the middle ages along with its inquisition , witch paranoia, and devil werewolf, a religious zealots who kill and torture in the name of God.

Those in an unnamed village grab axes and bats to end the reign of a relentless sacrificial superstition to prevent an inevitable human sacrifice. The traveling priest who purveys the deeds of the hellish human wolf instill more fear and death than the wolf itself.

Except unlike other venues facing the bite of a creature repulsed by silver, this stalking wolf has a target.

When the “father” arrives, the men proudly display the wolf head. He boastfully grimaces that’s not the animal or it’s head would have returned to human form.

Aside from the red attire and the wolf, filmmakers derive little connection of this trip to granny’s house in the woods and the fairy tale with “Little” in front of it.

And what does this have to do with Little Red Ridding Hood? Red’s (Amanda Seyfried) facing a forced marry the prince wedding and the villagers and her grandmother made her a red cape for a wedding present.

Aside from a continuing mystery of ‘who is’ the wolf in human form, there’s no dark and dreadful medieval atmosphere. Romance, wolf body count, and torture injections didn’t do anything for me.

.As for “Red” Seyfried, she’s attractive, but has a generic ‘I’m me’ persona that scores few empathic points even when chained as wolf bait.

BATTLE FOR LA

Introducing its lead characters with subtitled names and ranks, “Battle for L.A.” has an Orson Welles “War of the Worlds” conjecture and f/x that would pass for blockbuster. However, neither the characters nor the war torn city have a faint feel of reality.

Close up special effects equal awesome, those representing the demolished cityscape appeal too CGI.

You may enjoy the lasers and splatters, but you only need to catch a few frames of the Japanese tragedy to dismiss this “Battle” as too unreal.

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