Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) Movie Review
If you crave an over-the-top historical kung fu-fantasy epic with a good dose of voluptuous nudity, bravura machismo, and passions so intense they verge on ridiculous, then Brotherhood of the Wolf is your movie. Based (loosely) on an 18th-century legend, this French film follows a hunky scientist (Samuel Le Bihan, who’s sort of a second-string Christopher Lambert) and his Iroquois sidekick/spiritual partner (Mark Dacascos) as they pursue a monstrous wolf ravaging the French countryside. Along the way Le Bihan gets entwined with a beautiful noblewoman (Émilie Dequenne) and a gorgeous prostitute (Monica Belluci) with secrets. The plot grows more and more incomprehensible, but the mix of torrid emotions, outrageous action sequences, and lurid titillation is really what the movie is about. Ignore the highbrow philosophizing and confused political intrigue; just enjoy the sensual images. —Bret Fetzer
About Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
Starring: Monica Bellucci, Philippe Nahon, Virginie Darmon, Eric Prat, Max Delor, Mark Dacascos, Hans Meyer, Vincent Cassel, Bernard Fresson, Jean-François Stévenin, Christian Marc, Samuel Le Bihan, Karin Kriström, Vincent Cespedes, Jean-Paul Farré, Pierre Lavit, Émilie Dequenne, Michel Puterflam, Jérémie Renier, Nicolas Vaude, Christian Adam, Jean Yanne, Jean-Pierre Jackson, Jacques Perrin, Nicky Naudé, Johan Leysen, Daniel Herroin, Bernard Farcy, Edith Scob, Jean-Loup Wolff
Director: Christophe Gans
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