Best Blu-ray Deals

Best Blu-ray Deals, See All the Deals »
Top deals | Price drops  
 All countries United States United Kingdom Canada Germany France Spain Italy Japan
RoboCop (Blu-ray)
$5.00
Ender's Game (Blu-ray)
$13.00
Gremlins (Blu-ray)
$4.99
Gravity 3D (Blu-ray)
$19.99
Gravity (Blu-ray)
$12.99
Mallrats (Blu-ray)
$9.96
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Blu-ray)
$12.99
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Blu-ray)
$5.99
Reality Bites (Blu-ray)
$9.96
The Birds (Blu-ray)
$13.99
Weird Science (Blu-ray)
$6.96
The Goonies (Blu-ray)
$4.99
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Trilogy (Blu-ray)
$16.98
Pacific Rim 3D (Blu-ray)
$14.99
No Holds Barred (Blu-ray)
$7.99
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Blu-ray)
$10.99
Despicable Me 2 (Blu-ray)
$14.99
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Blu-ray)
$4.99
Robin Hood (Blu-ray)
$14.99


Releases


 Release calendar
 New releases
 Coming soon
 New covers
 Recently listed

Reviews


 New reviews
 New user reviews

Top lists


 Best movies (all time)

Best movies by year


 2014
 2013
 2012
 2011
 2010
 2009
 2008
 2007
 2006
 2005
 2004
 2003
 2002
 2001
 2000
 1999
 1998
 1997
 1996
 1995
 1994
 1993
 1992
 1991
 1990
 1989
 1988
 1987
 1986
 1985
 1984
 1983
 1982
 1981
 1980
 1979
 1978
 1977
 1976
 1975
 1974
 1973
 1972
 1971
 1970
 1969
 1968
 1967
 1966
 1965

Search


 Search movies


Open Grave


2013 | 102 min | R | 2.39:1

Open Grave

Rating


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
7.4
/10
3
ratings.


User reviews


No user reviews yet, post one

Movie appeal

 
Horror100%
Mystery39%

0
fans

9
Blu-ray
collections
0
DVD
collections

Theatrical release date


 03 January, 2014

Country of origin


 United States

Links


               

Overview Preview Cast & crew User reviews News Forum

Open Grave Preview  

2
 / 10
Preview by Brian Orndorf, January 3, 2014

“Open Grave” has a nasty exposition habit. A horror film with some mystery on its menu, the picture is terrified to leave any viewer behind, always explaining itself, underlining relationships and spelling out tension. It’s an irritating routine, making the movie feel more diluted than it already is, with director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego (“Apollo 18”) incapable of quieting down the effort, showing respect for intelligence and natural screen suspense. There’s a germ of an idea within “Open Grave” that deserves development, but what’s ultimately made it to the screen is simplified and stripped of feeling, scratching out the level of anxiety screenwriters Chris and Eddie Borey are aiming to summon with this end of the world endeavor.



John (Sharlto Copley) has snapped out of unconsciousness, finding himself in an open grave filled with dead bodies. With his memory erased, John finds a gun and a way out of the pit, marching to a nearby house. Inside are other individuals who don’t know who they are, including Nathan (Joseph Morgan), Lukas (Thomas Kretschmann), Michael (Max Wrottesley), Sharon (Erin Richards), and Brown Eyes (Josie Ho), a mute foreigner who seems to have a grasp on the situation, but no means of communication. At first hesitant to trust one another, the group soon teams up to decode the mystery of their meeting, with headaches, skills with weaponry, and primal emotions offering clues about the case. Also in play are vicious zombie-like humans who litter the countryside, making a clean escape impossible as the team struggles to understand more about these diseased, insane people.

“Open Grave” has the quality of a short film that’s being dragged out to a feature-length run time. It offers a classic introduction, greeting the lead character as discovers his position amongst the dead, assessing bodily wounds and his grim surroundings, soon finding a weapon and aid from Brown Eyes, who lowers a rope to help the man out of the pit. Finding strangers in a similar state of disorientation, John’s plight is the stuff of traditional mystery writing, as his purpose and place in the crowd is teased throughout the picture, with these combative types unsure of their safety without the benefit of an explanation. The Boreys are slavish to a design of confusion, hammering out these individuals through personality quirks and extremes of patience, while Brown Eyes remains the most baffling figure in the movie, scrambling around in silence as she witnesses the erosion of trust once blurred memories return to the strangers.



Playing “Open Grave” in puzzled looks and accusatory grunts would be ideal, allowing for a level of cinematic communication that best serves suspense. The production doesn’t trust that type of storytelling, electing to verbally underline every single thought that passes through the characters. “Open Grave” is ruined by its habitual need to clarify everything, with clunky dialogue rendering performances punishingly stuff, unable to express the strength of confusion the picture needs to successfully pass itself off as an epic question mark. The amount of hand-holding grows insulting the longer Lopez-Gallego employs exposition to pass for drama, losing track of character meaning as he scrambles to fit the puzzle pieces together. Monstrous encounters with the deteriorating ghouls promise chilling reveals, but the violence is mostly white noise, with a few unfortunate stylistic choices (e.g. blood splatter on the camera lens) sustaining an amateur hour atmosphere to the proceedings.



There are twists and turns to “Open Grave” as layers are peeled and true intentions are finally uncovered. It’s not especially pulse-pounding material, but the Boreys are committed to the cause, connecting the dots and setting up a sequel in the finale, trusting all the laborious explanation will smoothly flow into a second chapter. It’s a lofty goal, especially when “Open Grave” doesn’t establish enough suspense to fill one installment of this anemic apocalyptic saga. Perhaps next time a little more faith in the power of visuals and performance would do the trick. Anything but another 100 minutes of dull characters sharing their inner monologue would be preferable.

Starring: Sharlto Copley, Joseph Morgan, Thomas Kretschmann
Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego

» See full cast & crew


Open Grave, Forum Discussions



Topic
Replies
Last post
Open Grave- Sharlto Copley 3 Jan 03, 2014


Have you seen this movie?



Rate and write your own review

 


Get Daily Blu-ray Deals



* We do not share your email and you may opt out at any time.



Top Blu-ray Deals

 


The best Blu-ray deals online. Don't miss out on these great deals.

See Today's Deals »


 Top movies


Latest Deals United States



The latest deals on Blu-ray movies
at Amazon.

Show new deals »


Trending Blu-ray Movies
1. Mallrats
2. Frozen
3. Scanners
4. The Jungle Book
5. Gravity 3D
6. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
8. Double Indemnity
9. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
10. Gravity
11. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
12. Ride Along
13. The Big Chill
14. Touch of Evil
15. The Wolf of Wall Street

Trending in Theaters
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2. The Raid 2
3. RoboCop
4. Oculus
5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
6. Noah
7. Frozen
8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
9. Draft Day
10. The LEGO Movie
11. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
12. The Grand Budapest Hotel
13. Rio 2
14. Thor: The Dark World
15. Under the Skin

Top 10 Sellers United States
1.  Frozen
2.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
3.  The Pirate Fairy
4.  RoboCop
5.  Gravity
6.  Rocky: Heavyweight Collection
7.  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
8.  Ender's Game
9.  Gravity 3D
10.  Planes
  » See more top sellers


Top 10 Pre-orders United States
1.  Space Battleship Yamato: Movie
2.  The Walking Dead: The Complete Four...
3.  Lone Survivor
4.  The Lego Movie
5.  Scanners
6.  Noah
7.  The Lego Movie
8.  The Monuments Men
9.  True Detective: The Complete First ...
10.  Veronica Mars: The Movie
  » See more pre-orders


Top 10 Bargains United States
1.  Frozen
$19.96, Save 56%
2.  The Pirate Fairy
$19.96, Save 46%
3.  RoboCop
$5.00, Save 75%
4.  Gravity
$12.99, Save 64%
5.  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
$12.99, Save 68%
6.  Ender's Game
$13.00, Save 67%
7.  Gravity 3D
$19.99, Save 56%
8.  Planes
$19.96, Save 56%
9.  Despicable Me 2
$14.99, Save 50%
10.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
$19.99, Save 50%
  » See more deals



Most Popular Blu-ray Movie Deals


RoboCop

 United States


$19.99 $5.00





Ender's Game

 United States


$39.99 $13.00





Gremlins

 United States


$14.98 $4.99





Best Blu-ray Movie Deals »



This web site is not affiliated with the Blu-ray Disc Association.
All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.
© 2002-2014 Blu-ray.com. All rights reserved.
Registration problems | Business/Advertising Inquiries | Privacy Policy | Legal Notices