Starve (2014) Movie Review
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Griff Furst
Writer: Xander Wolf
Producers: Ashok Bodipudi, Sudhaher Kumar, Rajesh Naroth, et. al.
Date Released: October 3, 2014
Bobby Campo as Beck
Mariah Bonner as Candice
Bobby C. King as Runyan
Cooper Huckabee as Ezrin
Dave Davis as Jiminey
Thomas Francis Murphy as Michael
Rating = 1/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Starve (2014) is about a group of hitchhikers who take a trip to an isolated town of Freedom, Florida. The group intends to conduct research about the legend of the wild children for a new graphic novel. As they interview a few residents living on the outskirts of town, they did not heed all warnings to “leave before they become part of the story”. To no surprise, the group becomes captured by a reclusive psychopath named Runyan. The group is soon starved by the captor to force them to resort to killing one another for food. The captors create a form of entertainment as the group struggles to keep it together. However, what the group discovers is that Runyan is just one piece of a larger issue.
There is a lot of violence, however most of it is not graphic but rather implied. For example, in one scene, a woman is stabbed through both eyes with a pair of open scissors and killed. However, other than blood spray and a “flesh-piercing” sound, these violent scenes are shot entirely off screen. In this scene, the scissors are removed from her eyes slowly with correlated sound in order to make the viewer cringe. This scene may be considered mildly gory as the concept is grotesque.
The Grave Review
Starve (2014) offers a disturbing premise accompanied by dreary atmospheres. The film feels like one of those unethical psychology studies that were taught in school. The film looks at the capability of people when they are pushed to the point of desperation. The plot itself was twisted but the execution of this disturbing premise was poorly executed. There was not much substance in respect to the story line as it felt linear and predictable.
In respect to performance, the main characters performs very well and developed good chemistry with one another. However, the performance was not enough to make up for the remainder of the film. The film progressed in a slow manner and the direction of the plot also seemed unsure.
Overall, Starve (2014) was another disappointing and unimpressive torture film. The film felt like a re-creation of the the fight scenes in Mad Max which had no rules. These type of movies have been overly done and saturated. The end result also seems to be a grotesque film with little substance.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Starve (2014) one grave out of five graves.
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