Scarred (2004) – By Duane L. Martin

Scarred is actually two stories in one, which I can’t really get into here without giving away the surprise ending, but the film is basically about a man who’s searching for his daughter that was kidnapped by a serial killer. I wish I could go into more detail, but I honestly can’t without giving the ending away, so I won’t.

This isn’t a bad film at all, but it does suffer from a lot of problems. There are things in the story that don’t make sense or are contradictory, there are edits that create odd sounding or redundant speech and the acting ranges from quite good to quite bad and everywhere in between. But does this make the movie as a whole bad? Not at all. In fact, it wasn’t bad at all, and taken as a whole, it was pretty enjoyable.

The camera work in this film was quite well done, and the film itself was shot in some very beautiful wooded locations in the UK. Where the story lacked, the look and pacing of the film more than made up for it. There were some special effects in this film as well, and generally they were pretty fake looking and laughable. Even so, they added greatly to my enjoyment of the film. I mean, when a van drives into a ramshackle old hut at about three miles an hour and then suddenly springs a leak from the gas tank for no apparent reason (a gas tank which never actually even made it into the hut by the way), well that’s pretty funny. I know it probably wasn’t meant to be, but hey, I found it rather humorous. I personally don’t care if an effect is poorly done or slick and expensive, as long as it adds enjoyment value to a film, it’s ok by me.

This film could have done with a little more editing and should have fixed the contradictory bits in the story before it was even shot, but hey, it doesn’t really matter all that much. All that really matters when you watch a film is if you can enjoy it. I did enjoy this one. Some people may not though. Basically, people who are snooty and uppity about having to have everything just perfect in a film will not enjoy it because they’ll watch it and spend more time picking things apart than they do actually trying to enjoy the movie. I point out the problems with this film here, but I’m not one of those people. It’s my job as a reviewer to talk about everything…good and bad. So just so I don’t end up sounding like there wasn’t anything good about this film, I’d like to mention a few things that were good about it. First, the concept of the story was interesting, and the surprise ending worked rather well. I don’t think enough time was spent though spelling out just what happened to the killer in his youth that made him turn out the way he did. More time should have been spend talking about that just so it was clear as to what drove him insane. There were also some really creepy shots with the killer, making him look almost supernatural in his power. This led to some really suspenseful and intense scenes that all worked out pretty nicely.

While this is a good movie, with a little more work on the story and with a closer eye on the editing and how it affected some of the speech, it could have been even better. Still, it’s definitely worth a look.

If you’d like to find out more about this film or to pick up a copy for yourself, you can visit the film’s website at http://www.reelvisionfilms.co.uk.