Netflix Review ‘Wounds’: It is a Horrific Tale of Cellphone Abuse

Netflix Review ‘Wounds’: It is a Horrific Tale of Cellphone Abuse

Netflix Review ‘Wounds’: Cockroaches are not the only creepy creatures crawling all over the frames of this subversive horror drama
Netflix Review ‘Wounds’: It is a Horrific Tale of Cellphone Abuse
Still from Wounds
Movie NameWounds
DirectorBabak Anvari
ActorArmie Hammer, Dakota Johnson, Zazie Beetz
Ratings

Rating: **(2 stars)

Cockroaches are not the only creepy creatures crawling all over the frames of this subversive horror drama that takes the genre by its shoulder and shakes it hard. The end results are less stirring than imagined.

Creepier than the  insects is the sheer  hollowness of the protagonist,  played by one of my  favourite contemporary American  actors. Like every good-looking  artiste, Armie Hammer wants to create  a world of  mortal repugnance and intrinsic ugliness  around  his physical self on screen. So we have this amoral bartender Will  who flirts with a female customer when her  boyfriend is  not looking. And  never  mind  if  his pretty girlfriend (Dakota Johnson) waits for him at  home.

Whatever  happens  from this  point onwards  seems  like  appropriate punishment  for Hammer’s  Will. The problem is, Will’s ordeal becomes unbearable for us the  viewers, not because it is  so scary(it is not) but because the  scares  come from a place of  annoying ambiguity. Some  cult rituals  are  fastened  to a  misplaced cellphone which  Will brings home  with catastrophic  consequences on his  life and  relationship. Till the end we  are  clueless  of  what these satanic forces that invade Will’s life, are really about.

Most  of  the  intended horror  comes  from the  soundtrack which is  built out of  noises  of  collected sounds of torture and pain, nothing  compared with what we feel  while wading through the  dark dungeon  of  despair that British Iranian  director Babak Anvari constructs with care for details, but fails to find  a way  out of it.

There are moments of high tension  that add up to  nil  at the end when  the entire plot unravels  like  an awkwardly knit sweater . The  gaping wound  that the plot enters  to ferret out some unusual scares finally proves  to be  an untrustworthy accomplice. Wounds is  all about  building  up a fright  but no explosion happens .

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