Angus kills his brother's (Henry) sheep, only to dress up in it's carcass to scare Henry. Evern since that day Henry is terrified of sheep. Years later when Henry is coming back to that old farm to sell the farm to his brother, his brother is there to show off his new sheep breed called "The Oldfield". Meanwhile, Grant and a girl called Experience, two animal rights activists, is there to get photos of the research lab. When Grant steals a misformed fetus in a container and gets bitten by this little creep after breaking the container, all hell breaks loose as sheep turn crazy and people turn into monster sheep.
I heard about this film in it's early stages of production, and I when I saw the first trailer I was so excited, not only because it's a great premise, but also because it had Peter Jackson's WETA Workshop behind it, which promises good effects. When the movie finally came out, everyone was all over the place about how awesome the movie was, and if you know me, you know I hate hype. Because of the success and extreme hype, I decided not to watch the movie until I owned it myself. My friends has been wanting me to see it for a long time, and everyone I talk to expects the film to be perfect for my taste, and now I've finally watched it.
The plot is wonderful, we can all agree on that. Insane sheep and mutated sheep men in New Zealand, how can that go wrong? Well, it did and it didn't. The plot worked on many levels, but it missed alot of the things it should've had. Like the comedy. There are many laughs in this film, but not as many or as good as you would expect. Most of the comedy comes from the monsters being sheep, which works better in a movie like "Team America" where the comedy comes from the fact that they are puppets moving silly. Killer sheep and humans reacting to that was very funny for the first couple of minutes after the epidemic broke loose, but that's about it. It's still a pretty decent plot that worked for most parts, I will agree on that, but there were so many things they could've done that they didn't.
One mistake they did was to pull the bland and boring "fucking a sheep"-joke, I think everyone expected one of those to be in there. I also hated the ending of the film, I saw no pleasure at all in it. By the ending I mean the way they were killed. I don't want to spoil it, but it was a quick, boring and immature way to end it, and it felt very pushed, like they couldn't figure out a good way to end it all. This was probably the worst thing about the movie.
The gore was good, I don't have any complaints in this department. There could've been more, but there could also have been less without changing my opinion about it. It looked about as good as I expected. The mutated men sheep disappointed me a bit though. Not in the way they looked, but we only got to see them when it was really dark, and mostly inside a house, like they tried to hide mistakes they made on them. Only in the end do we see one outside in better light, but I wouldn't say we got to see THAT much even then. Good FX overall though.
I probably should've watched this film before all the hype, but I think I would've been disappointed either way because it was worse than I first expected too. Only difference would be that I couldn't complain to my friends that they lied and made me expect something much better. The movie has a few laughs, but too few if you ask me. It has some good gore, good ideas, but ended up being something much less unique than it could've been. It's not a bad movie, but when a movie is as hyped as this one is, "decent" just isn't enough. It's an okay ride, and it wasn't a waste of my time atleast. Either way, give it a try, everyone else seems to like it so maybe you will too. But you should just watch the David Spade / Chris Farley film with the same title instead.