Movie Reviews: SLITHER & Chicken Little
In the small town of Wheelsy, Sheriff Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion) becomes suspicious when animals and livestock go missing. When the town's richest man, Grant Grant (Michael Rooker), begins acting strangely, Pardy knows something is seriously wrong. An investigation by his team reveals that an ancient organism, in the form of disgusting little worms, has been infiltrating the community by burrowing into people's brains, which turns them into flesh-hungry lunatics.
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Cast Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry, Michael Rooker, Don Thompson (more)
Director(s) James Gunn
Writer(s) James Gunn
Status In theaters (wide)
Genre(s) Horror, Science Fiction
Release Date March 31, 2006
Running Time 96 minutes
MPAA Rating R - for strong horror violence and gore, and language
Sometime you need a movie like Slither. Sometimes you just need a gross little tongue in cheek film where you can just turn your brain off and enjoy the carnage on screen. Slither is gross but laugh out loud funny at the same time. Much like last years Shawn of the Dead, Slither takes a fairly basic horror/sci if plot and injects it with humor and gooeyness. The gore isnt as bad as the trailers would have you believe. What is there is so cartoonish that you couldnt possibly take it seriously. James Gunn and his FX must be huge fans of John Carpenters 1982 classic The Thing because their creature effects seem to borrow heavily from that film. A special nod must be given to Nathan Fillion, of Firefly/Serenity fame. He is just perfect in the role of the wise cracking hero sheriff. Slither is a great bit of gory fun.
When an acorn falls to the ground, a young chicken (Braff) thinks the sky is falling and causes widespread panic by spreading the inaccurate news to the rest of his animal friends, Abby Mallard, Runt of the Litter and Fish Out of Water. Later, after his reputation is ruined, the chicken is clobbered by a real piece of the sky as it falls to Earth.
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Cast Zach Braff, Garry Marshall, Don Knotts, Patrick Stewart, Amy Sedaris (more)
Director(s) Mark Dindal
Writer(s) Steve Bencich, Ron J. Friedman
Status On DVD
Genre(s) Animated, Children's, Comedy
Release Date Nov. 4, 2005
DVD Release Date March 21, 2006
Running Time 77 minutes
MPAA Rating G
Plain and simple, Chicken Little is a disappointment. There have been so many great computer generated family flicks over the last 10 years that when one falls short this badly you cant help but wonder why. Dont get me wrong, Chicken Little is a serviceable family film but utterly forgettable. The main problem I have with the film is that it feels rushed and lacks a lot of the magic that other better CG films, like Toy Story or Finding Nemo. None of the characters have any real depth to them, each one; even the title character is forgettable. The plot also seems slapped together with no real direction. Overall, this seems more like a straight to video effort as opposed to a big screen release.