Friday, June 10, 2011

Burning Bright (2010)

I'll be the first to admit it.  This movie sounds COMPLETELY ridiculous.  An autistic kid and teenager stuck in a house with a freakin' tiger?!?!  How did the tiger even get there? 

And now it's time for me to eat some crow and confess that this movie was pretty awesome.  There was actually a believable and horrible reason for the tiger being in the house and although you think it wouldn't, it all actually added up. 

Kelly's life is not a good time right now.  She goes to drop her autistic brother, Tom, off at a special school, planning on using the money left to them by her deceased mother.   However, the school tells her that there are insufficient funds in the account, and she finds that her stepfather has withdrawn all of the money to build a safari park at their house.   In addition, she now is about to lose her college scholarship to stay home and take care of her brother.

She returns home to find a bunch of people boarding up the house for a hurricane, and a bunch of exotic animals chillin in the garage, including a gigantic tiger.  Of note is the fact that the tiger has not been fed in two weeks so that the loser stepfather can "show it who's boss." (Sickening)

With the house boarded up tight and safe from the incoming storm, Kelly and Tom go to bed, and evil stepfather takes off for the local watering hole.  But instead of just locking up, he backs the trailer up to the house, letting the tiger inside and hoping to rid himself of those damn pesky kids.  The next hour is a literal cat and mouse game, with some really exciting scenes.  IMDB says that they used a real tiger for the majority of this movie, and that very little is CGI.  The movie was fast paced and concise, topping out at only 1 hour 15 minutes.  I thought the ending was great and really came full circle.  Definitely recommend this unique flick.

Fun fact.  If you have cats, definitely watch this movie with them.  Mine were meowing at the screen and wrestling with each other the entire time.  Guess they were psyched about seeing their long lost ancestor on the big screen.

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Sean Thomas Fisher said...

My Australian bearded dragons get like that every time we watch How to Train Your Dragon. They're pretty funny. Will have to check out Burning Bright though. I love the idea of a shorter movie like that.

The Scream Queen said...

@Sean: Oooh, try Baby Blues then too. BRUTAL movie, and like 70 minutes long.