BIG BAD WOLVES (VSC, 2013) D: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado, w/ Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan. Rating: NNN; Blu-ray package: NNN Rating: NNN
If your taste runs to crime/horror thrillers with a nasty attitude laced with black comedy and a little gore, Big Bad Wolves will be your cup of tea.
A detective (Lior Ashkenazi) gets suspended when a video that shows him beating a suspected child murderer (Rotem Keinan) goes viral. Lacking solid evidence, he decides to abduct and torture the suspect into confessing. At the same time, the murdered girl's father (Tzahi Grad) comes up with the same plan.
Considerable humour springs from their attempts, but never at the expense of the brutal action. Their mishaps always remain believable.
The cast play the thriller straight, letting the comedy handle itself. Grad is chilling as a man gone quietly insane, and veteran Israeli comedian Doval'e Glickman is shocking as a benign grandfather with an unusual skill set.
The making-of doc follows the usual format, focusing on the cast and the working methods of the two directors.
EXTRAS Making-of doc. Hebrew, English audio. English, French, Spanish subtitles.