Behemoth (2011)
By: Devon B. on October 23, 2012 | Comments
Eagle Entertainment | Region 4, PAL | 1.78:1 (16:9 enhanced) | English DD 2.0 | 86 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
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Director: David Hogan
Starring: Ed Quinn, Pascale Hutton, Cindy Busby, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Ty Olsson
Screenplay: Rachelle S. Howie
Country: USA, Canada
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Behemoth takes place on a mountain that seems like it's about to go volcanic. I actually have some experience in these sorts of things because I was in the area when Mount St. Helens went off, and here's what I know: Ash can make for pretend snow, explosions can be felt while on the water, and always ring in to work before attempting to illegally cross a closed mountain pass because your employer may have had the foresight to expect you to be away for a few days because a mountain blew up while you were on holiday. My experience differs greatly from that of the characters in the film, but then when St. Helens went up I doubt there was a giant monster that caused the eruption so it is possible the circumstances were slightly different.

In the film, a group of researchers on a mountain have noticed a series of "disturbances." Then a group clearing trees on the mountain run into trouble when a branch falls onto one of the crew's shin, killing him. Except for those with Fragile Shin Syndrome, it is rare for a bash to the lower leg to kill someone, so it becomes clear that some strange things are happening on this mountain. Then another researcher comes in and meets up with her old flame, coincidentally the foreman from the perilous tree scene. The tremors continue and other strange things happen, but only one old loon is crazy enough to think it's all because something is awakening in the mountain. Turns out he's right, but he's still crazy.

Behemoth is set in my home State, or at least they reference the State capital, but I kept thinking it didn't quite look right. I wasn't sure if this was just because the film is brimming with bad composite shots, but it's probably more to do with the fact it was shot in British Columbia. Once again it appears that the location of the film was changed to make it seem like an American movie, but I wish filmmakers would just set the movie in the country where it was lensed. A little local colour might be just the thing a film needs to set it apart from all the other generic fodder, but it's probably irrelevant in this case because I don't think being proudly Canadian would've saved the crashing bore that is Behemoth.

The film looks cheap, with low rent production values, though the acting is surprisingly not bad considering the lack of budget. The story features too many intersecting yet uninteresting characters, and the script alternates between being dull or heavy handed with dialogue that is about as engaging as a radio instruction manual. The film is so lacklustre that one scene put forward as a tension highlight involves characters making a desperate bid to… SCALE A STEPLADDER! Oooooo, how fraught!

Behemoth unfortunately doesn't make up for its myriad of flaws with its monster, because the creature gets very little screen time. It's about 20 minutes before the behemoth is glimpsed, and even then the viewer doesn't see much. Then it's another 20 minutes before slightly more of the monster is revealed. By the time the behemoth was out and ready to run amok I was so bored I couldn't have cared less what it did.

Behemoth is tepid monster movie fare, a cheesy creature film with not anywhere near enough creature.
Despite its low budget, Behemoth looks pretty clear with only a few spots. There're a few moments with a hazy look and there's a little trailing and macrobblocking, but this transfer is okay, especially given the film's budget.
Audio is a 2.0 mix which isn't of much note. The dialogue was mostly clear and easy to understand, but about the only positive thing I can say about the soundtrack is that sometimes it had surprisingly good rumble sound effects. It's not all positive on that front, anyway, because sometimes the rumbles also sounded bass-lite. The US release has a 5.1 mix, so it appears Australian audiences have been jilted again.
Extra Features
I'd say there are no extras, but some people consider ads as bonus features, so the ads on this disc are for In the Name of the King 2, Passion Play, Saints and Soldiers: Airborn Creed, Battle Recon, Outpost: Black Sun and Hirokin.
The Verdict
Most of the time during Behemoth I kept thinking, "I wish this movie had a monster," which is not a good thing to be thinking while watching a supposed monster movie. The DVD is as uninspired as the movie itself, making the whole package easy to pass up.
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