Open Graves – Movie Review

Open Graves – Directed by Álvaro de Armiñán; Written by Bruce A. Taylor and Roderick Taylor. Starring Mike Vogel and Eliza Dushku.

Tagline: Jumanji The Final Destination version!

If you have seen this movie, then you will know what it is all about. A group of friends decide to play a cursed board game and get killed one by one until only one remains.

This movie did have some moments there, particularly when Eliza Dushku was onscreen but the rest of this movie came up very predictable to say the least.

There was some good footage of the local scenery in some parts of the movie, that was about as far as I got enthused about Open Graves. The death scenes were predictable, and the ending scene showed us that an idiot will say the darnest things to start a never ending time-loop.

While it is worth watching just to see Eliza Dushku, that is about as far as one’s interest will span.

I don’t know about anyone else, but if a mysterious dude gave me a board game several hundreds years old the first thing I would be doing is listing it on E-Bay 🙂

Synopsis: In Spain, the American surfer Jason (Mike Vogel), his best friend and photographer Tomas Escaño (Iman Nazemzadeh) and his girlfriend Lisa (Lindsay Caroline Robba) go shopping in a fair and while the couple is negotiating with a street vendor, Jason visits a dreadful store. Jason has a friction with the handicapped owner Malek (Alex O’Dogherty) and the man in a wheelchair offers an ancient board game called Mamba from the Spanish Inquisition period for free to excuse his behavior. Meanwhile, Detective Izar (Gary Piquer) is investigating the death of a man that was skinned alive. When a heavy rain falls during a party on the beach, Jason joins Tomas, Lisa, his new acquaintance Erica Vargas (Eliza Dushku), Pablo (Boris Martinez), Miguel (Ander Pardo) and Elena (Naike Rivelli) to play the game. Erica reads the rules and explains that the winner would have his wish granted while the losers would be cursed to die the way described in the cards. Pablo is the first to lose and borrows Tomas’ car to buy some beers. Miguel, Lisa, Elena and Tomas also lose, but the players stop the game when Detective Eric arrives and informs that Pablo has just died. When Miguel, Lisa and Elena also die, Jason researches the Mamba in the Internet and finds that the pieces and board had been made of skin and bones of the witch Mamba Masamba and the cards had been written with her blood and tears. Jason decides to finish the game with Erica to undo the curse.

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Posted on December 18, 2009, in Movie Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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