The Pack – New Release Review

PackChristian Robshaw takes a look at this Australian canine thriller…

You might think dogs are one of the sweetest, kindest, most loving, most nurturing, most faithful creatures out there but, if The Pack is to be believed, you’d be dead wrong. And shortly after that, you’d just be dead.

When an Australian family – Mum, Dad, older sister, younger brother – are about to get their farmstead repossessed, things look grim for them. Things start to look up a little when the Snidely Whiplash-type lawyer gets torn apart by the local pack of feral dogs, but when the feral dogs go on to set their sights on the Wilson family, things look grimmer than ever. Will a little family co-operation and a hefty dose of can-do attitude be enough to survive what might as well be called Night of the Livid Dogs?

Well, I’m not going to tell you, the film is right there: watch it if you’re interested. Come on, it’s Australian, and have you ever seen a bad Australian film in your life? I can’t think of one. This is no exception, although lovers of creature features might be surprised, and possible even disappointed, with the tack that director Nick Robinson takes. It’s not the campy, fast-paced fun of Dog Soldiers; rather, with its high tension, slow pace – punctuated, of course, with hair-raising attacks – survive-the-night structure and detached night photography, it more closely resembles a home-invasion picture, without the goofy masks. And for what it is, it’s very fine – but it’s made for an evening at the cinema, not the home viewing with a beer you may be expecting.

The Pack is released today (7th March) on DVD by Arrow Films, will you be checking it out? Let us know in the comment box below!

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