Will (Armie Hammer) works as a bartender during the night. While working one of his shifts, a violent bar fight breaks out between a couple of paying customers. After the fight is finished and the customers leave the bar, Will finds a mobile phone on the floor, which he assumes belongs to one of the customers. Will takes the phone home with him, and he suddenly begins to receive messages directed at him on the phone. From this follows many disturbing and mysterious things in Will life which he tries to understand. Will and his girlfriend Carrie (Dakota Johnson) begin to investigate.
This is a horror film, and I was generally curious to see this film considering the leading actors.
But No. It’s bad. Like, bad.
Trying to explain the entire film to someone is damn near impossible. The only bit that is easily explained is the start of this film (I’m not kidding). The reason for this is that the film is poorly done, particularly in regards to its story, the characters and even the way it’s shot.
Many horror elements that occur to Will and Carrie are simply not explained, nor does it make sense for audiences members who watch it. At times the film feels incomplete or half done. I also felt the same way about a 2016 film entitled “The Disappointments Room”.
Our characters are dull, uninteresting and consistently make unwise choices. Will is a leading man who is entirely unlikeable. As a bartender, he does a terrible job, tries to cheat on his girlfriend and when dealing with a so-called “evil presence” makes personally unwise choices which only hurt my head trying to think what is going on in this film. If you watch this film and understand every element, I will salute you.
The film’s style is also dark, and the filming is generally shaky. Some shots will have objects in frames as if the director is trying to be creative, but again it comes off messy and sloppy.
Overall, Wounds is an awful horror film. Considering the film’s cast, I was left feeling shocked at the results. This is a horror film which has a plot that makes no sense, feels incomplete and characters who are truly silly at every point. Movie lovers will feel a “Wound” in their hearts trying to understand anything and everything. Awful and disgusting.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden