The Boar is a fun creature feature with a cool monster. The premise is simple: a giant boar is terrorizing the Australian bush. As with all monster nature films, it is the characters and the action that matter the most. When watching films of this sort, the audience needs something to hold onto. Whether that hold is characters you care about, or characters you want to see die doesn’t matter.
In a rare move, the likeable characters outnumber the unlikable ones, which makes it even more tense when danger rears its ugly head. The only truly unlikable named character was Robbie, a twenty-something douche bag. Actually, he wasn’t terrible, but he was a twenty-something d-bag.
Bernie, on the other hand, is a character who could have been too much. He is big and gruff, but with a heart of gold. I always find it funny to have a character with those two traits. Beyond the humor, though, it adds tension to the story because you never know if or when Bernie will snap.
The Boar runs for 96 minutes, which is the sweet spot for these types of movies. It doesn’t overstay its welcome, and it moves at a quick pace. We see a fair amount of the titular beast, but mostly in short glances. Much like in Jaws, this lack of fully seeing the beast adds to the movie’s scare factor.
Overall, I quite enjoyed this flick. The acting is solid, and there are some good tense moments. The characters have surprising depth, and the beastie looks cool for the most part. There are, of course, a few cheesy CGI shots, but nothing egregious. The ending was a tad disappointing.
Have you seen this movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading.