“Is there such a thing as a man-eating boar?”
Chaw is a Korean monster movie from 2009, very similar in tone to the fantastic The Host. While Chaw isn’t as good a movie as The Host, it is still a hugely enjoyable movie. Having said that, if Spielberg or anyone involved with Jaws watches the first half of this movie, the makers of Chaw could find themselves in court!
The village of Sameri in South Korea prides itself in being “a crimeless village” Police officer Kim is transferred to Sameri just as partially devoured bodies start appearing. It soon becomes apparent that a killer boar is responsible. The village elders are worried these events will put an end to their local fair & stop “the townies” coming there to buy their produce. So they hire a famous hunter to kill the boar. The hunter returns with a dead boar but it soon becomes obvious this isn’t the offending boar. It is then left to Kim, the hunter, a detective, an old hunter & an environmental activist to head into the woods to hunt down the killer boar.
Chaw is just a hugely enjoyable monster movie. While it’s not as good as The Host it still entertains. It does share the same comedic touches as The Host but lacks the humanities that elevate The Host. As I mentioned previously, Chaw shall we say “borrows” heavily from Jaws in the first hour of the movie. This isn’t a bad thing as it allows the story to develop & draw you in. The movie is an ensemble piece & while no one excels the acting is good throughout. The characters are an interesting bunch, although the police chief is a tad too OTT for my tastes, fortunately he is very much a secondary character & isn’t on-screen too much. There is also a very strange woman in the movie who crops up from time to time & appears in a bizarre epilogue. The real star of the film is obviously the boar itself. A mixture of CGI & animatronics it is on the whole impressive. Some of the CGI is a little patchy, especially during the movies climax when the boar is seen in full charge. The movie is light on blood & gore which suits the style & tone of the movie.
There isn’t much more I can say about this movie. It is just a simple old-fashioned monster movie. It sets out to entertain & does just that.