*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by Vertical Entertainment.
Director: David Hackl.
Writers: Jack Reher and Guy Moshe.
Cast: James Marsden, Thomas Jane, Piper Perabo, Scott Glenn and Billy Bob Thornton.
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“When a grizzly gets angry, they don't give a shit whether you're a logger or a treehugger. All of you taste the same.”
David Hackl (Saw V) and his all-star cast take you deep into Alaska's picturesque woods in search of a killer bear in Into The Grizzly Maze. The film, which was actually shot in Vancouver, is an intense thriller with a clear moral agenda—to raise awareness about our destructive role in environmental degradation. While the film's message is strong, it's not too heavy-handed in its delivery, still allowing for an action-packed “natural horror”adventure. Though unnecessary, the celebrity cast makes for a more enjoyable watch; it's fun to see big name actors like Billy Bob Thornton (Monster's Ball) venture into the woods, looking to take on a blood-thirsty beast. Albeit not as gripping as one might hope, the story serves a purpose, and the stunning scenery as well as Bart the Bear (Into the Wild) are sure to please. Despite a couple of dull stereotypical characters and tropes, and the needless use of CGI in a few scenes, getting lost inside the Grizzly Maze isn't all that bad.
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