DVD Review: UNCAGED

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UNCAGED was directed by Daniel Robbins and stars Ben Getz, Kyle KirkpatrickZachary Weiner, Garrett HendricksPaulina Singer and Gene Jones.

Orphaned as a child in the wake of a grisly tragedy, Jack was raised alongside his cousin and best friend, Brandon. At age 18, however, Jack’s otherwise uneventful life takes a sinister turn when he’s suddenly plagued by a series of bizarre sleepwalking episodes. After repeatedly waking up in the woods naked with no memory of the night before, Jack straps a camera to himself to document his behavior—and discovers a shocking truth: He is the unwitting heir to a monstrous family legacy of savagery, slaughter, and unrelenting horror from which death may be the only escape!

The first half of this werewolf thriller spends its time on Jack waking up outside not knowing how he got there and this is why he starts filming himself. Brandon serves as the comic relief throughout the film as this “McLovin” type of character but there’s just a little too much of it. Jack ends up getting a cage and they try this experiment to see what exactly is happening to him. While all of this is going on, there’s also a subplot that deals with a few other friends that includes some cheating, and of course as bad guy that gets introduced into the equation. None of this ends too well either! Ultimately Jack does find out what he is and it’s all part of an old family legacy. Even though he was orphaned as a child, Jack finds out that he can’t escape this mysterious family curse.

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Okay, all of the acting is really good and Ben Getz does a great job with his cursed character Jack. Gene Jones makes an appearance as small town store owner Wade who has a few answers for the teen. As far as the characters go, there’s some good and some not so good. The story is pretty interesting and instead of the same old “person gets bit by a werewolf” plot, this one keeps it in the family and slowly reveals everything. But where’s the full moon? This is okay and all but there’s something important missing and that’s the whole werewolf thing. I don’t think there were enough transformations, gory kills, or anything else for that matter related to a werewolf movie. What we do get looks pretty good (think “Teen Wolf”) but it just wasn’t enough.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The DVD disc also features matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. The picture and sound both were spot on.

Bottom line is, Uncaged was an okay werewolf thriller but nothing really special. I’m a fan of low budget indie films so I always have a soft spot for these kind of movies, especially when they turn out looking and sounding good and Uncaged looks and sounds really good. A lot of the flaws are forgiven when it comes to an indie film but a werewolf movie needs to have some bite and this one didn’t have hardly any. The bite is replaced with lots of boring filler time unfortunately. Still, Daniel Robbins did a good job filming the movie and shows promise but Uncaged just didn’t do too much for me. This DVD releases on February 2nd.

Distributor: RLJ Entertainment

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: None

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Cast and Crew
  • Howling Funny Film Outtakes
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