Review by Cassam Looch
YOU do wonder what Brendan Fraser is thinking when picking his movie projects. There seems to be no reason behind his choices, and this one is about as forgettable as it gets.
That said, at least it’s only forgettable, because on paper it had the potential to be absolutely horrendous.
This Spring fur will fly in cinemas as an army of woodland creatures enter into a battle of epic proportions to defend their home from real estate developers.
Masterminded by an incredibly clever raccoon, the animals must join forces to save their beloved forest from Dan Sanders (Brendan Fraser) and his latest project, which threatens their peaceful Oregon wilderness.
The animals aren’t afraid to get their paws dirty and Dan soon finds himself up against bear, bird, squirrel and skunk as they seek their revenge with hilarious consequences!
Determined to teach him a lesson in caring for the environment, the animals are far more intelligent and resilient than Dan ever expected and he soon realises that you can run but you can’t hide…
As I mentioned this film is OK, which is in itself an achievement. The idea of CGI animals ‘saving’ the day from evil constructors and showing a misguided workaholic the error of his ways filled me with dread.
Having sat through a plethora of bad family-friendly films (not all of which featured Brendan Fraser), I thought this would be as bad as the worst of them… however, there are enough moments to save it from the fate.
Fraser hurls himself headlong into the material, seemingly taking it all very seriously. There are some good visual gags on offer and some almost clever skits which are fun and entertaining.
Certainly, there are enough cute animals and ‘poo jokes’ to keep the kids happy… with Brooke Shields doing enough to keep most dads quiet too!
Just let it pass without any incident and you’ll be fine. Furry Vengeance is not offensively bad and has a few laughs embedded into it for all ages.
Running time: 91mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: August 30, 2010