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“I feel like I’ve done some things that I wasn’t proud of.”
– John

A man (Sharlto Copley) wakes in a pit filled with bodies with his keys but no identifying documents on him or anything. Struggling to make sense of what is happening and panicking, he is saved when a mute woman (Josie Ho) drops a rope down to pull him out. Taking a gun with him from the pit, he ascends and soon loses her. All alone, he eventually ventures along and comes across a house. Entering, he finds more people in there, one armed. Nobody seems to have a memory, though the strangers all have identifying documents aside from the mute woman, whom they call Brown Eyes. The mute woman is there as well as a German man and some Americans. The man to wander in without a name is christened John and the remainders are Lukas (Thomas Kretschmann), Sharon (Erin Richards), Nathan (Joseph Morgan), and Michael (Max Wrottesley). After a heated discussion, grudgingly the weapons are lowered and the group starts to ask their questions.

open grave the house

“I have the strongest feeling I know you.” – Nathan

The house that they are staying in is fully stocked with the things that they need to survive as well as an extremely well stocked gun cabinet. Everyone has the sense that they somehow know each other, but are not quite sure how. Attempting to piece together what happened, the group waits for first light to start looking around, and everyone is treating John with hostility. Matters are not helped when a cabin type shelter is found with a woman being fed by Brown Eyes. The occupant seems to be like the living dead. Moreover, their are corpses strung up all over the show around the property, though it is not known why it would be that way. Lukas is very mistrustful of John, and unhappy when it seems that John is taking control of the group to get things running. His sentiments seem to be shared by Michael. Some of the group eventually finds stranded and hidden vehicles on the road, and a picture showing the entire group together with the exception of John. John is afraid that the group will get rid of him. He goes with Sharon in one of the vehicles and comes across an abandoned building. There is a child there whose animosity towards John is palpable, and who calls him Jonah. So now he, too, has a name, and a kid refusing to come near him and screaming about the eighteenth.

open grave hospital

“We were here to help.” – John

Michael has been attacked by one of the zombie creatures at the fence, and Jonah kills the creature. Jonah is having violent flashbacks of many things, sure that he is somehow involved with what is going on or that he used to be a very bad man. Lukas, on the other hand, is getting very ill. He finds a basement type area at the house, and is angered when he gets his hand on a video recorder that clearly depicts Jonah administering brutal tests to Lukas. Lukas attacks Jonah when he returns with Sharon, and will not listen to reason. Sharon is now afraid of Jonah, too, and he is banished from what remains of the group. He leaves, and finds the child from earlier fleeing by swapping cars in the forest, and a few people claiming that he really is a terrible man and that his name really is Jonah. He feels awful, and desperately wishes to make sense of who and what he was before his memory disappeared. Exploring the nearby car moves him with more flashback, and provides some of the much desired evidence he is looking for.

open grave fenced in

“You were supposed to rescue us!” – Nathan

What happened to the group of people to have wiped their memories? Who were they before they woke up in the house? Who is Jonah, really? What did he do before his memory was wiped that has branded him such an evil monster? Why are their so many corpses surrounding the property? Why are the few survivors they come across violent, deadly and zombie-like?

A 6/10 for Open Grave. While certainly not the freshest to the genre or anything particularly new, predictable in plenty of places and just a little dull in others, Open Grave was not a bad watch. I was glad to see Copley doing something more than a terribly embarrassing Agent Kruger, and must admit that he does not completely desecrate any and all accents that he comes into contact with. I enjoyed him in this movie, and it showcases a little bit more of what he does. He definitely was the best member of the cast and the most worth looking into seeing as he was the only one that had a growth arc. The concept of the film is a little broken at times, but it was alright at the end of it all, definitely not worth the tirade that so many people have directed against it. The acting was questionable at times, but not bad enough for me to turn it off. It kept me entertained, though not necessarily guessing all the way. Everyone was just a little bit too calm in my opinion for the amount of bodies they were coming across, and not too interested in why there were these massive dumping pits. I liked the way the film was shot, it helped set the mood overall. This is a decent film to pop in when you aren’t looking for anything that takes itself too seriously or demands too much of your time.

32 thoughts on “Review: Open Grave (2013)

  1. Lol, you just won’t let Elysium go, will you? Poor Copley, I do love him so. I thought he was good here, not District 9 good, but I wasn’t expecting it anyway. Excellent as always , Zoe :).

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    1. Zoë says:

      LOL I just can’t, it really messed with my head haha! 😛 I really enjoyed him here, and I remember his inclusion in this movie was one of the big selling points for you, and one of the first places that I heard of this film.

      I have been contemplating braving District 9 again… I think you would recommend a rewatch?

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      1. Is it because he sounds exactly like you in Elysium?

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      2. Zoë says:

        LOOOOL! I do NOT sound like that!!

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  2. CMrok93 says:

    Meh. For me, a little too many twists could only go on for so long until it lost credibility from me. Good review Zoe.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Dan! It wasn’t a fantastic movie, but not the worst movie you can pop in on a lazy afternoon!

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  3. jjames36 says:

    I haven’t gotten around to this one yet, but I will someday. Hopefully I consider it even better than you do, better, in other words, than decent.

    Good review.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Looking forward to see what you think about it Josh!

      Thanks a lot!

      PS: Watched 12 Years a Slave over the weekend, starting to catch up on your list!

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      1. jjames36 says:

        🙂

        What’d you think?

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  4. Hmmm, not seen this but sounds alright if nothing special. Nicely done Zoe 🙂

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Chris, and yep, nothing too special!

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  5. theipc says:

    I liked this quite a bit – but – as you are painfully aware, I watch a lot of SHIT movies!!!

    Great stuff – as always!!

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    1. Zoë says:

      HAHAHAHAHAHA! It wasn’t bad, just not a brand spanking new concept!

      Thank you ever so kindly, as always!

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      1. theipc says:

        : )

        So – where are you at on True D??? It finished over here last night…. : (

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      2. Zoë says:

        NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO really?!

        It looks like it is going to be presented as an anthology, so like American Horror Story, so every season a new lot. That would be awesome.

        I watched the first two episodes and I absolutely LOVED it, going to keep watching tonight if I can.

        How was it?

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      3. theipc says:

        I’m not gonna say until you’ve finished it and we can talk about it : ) : ) : ) : )

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      4. Zoë says:

        EEEEEK oki I am on this, hopefully I can finish this week!

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      5. theipc says:

        I HOPE!!!!!

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      6. Zoë says:

        I can’t wait to talk to someone about it!

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      7. theipc says:

        ME EITHER!!!

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      8. Mark Walker says:

        I’ve done two episodes of True Detective myself! Excuse my language but it’s f@#king brilliant so far!

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      9. Zoë says:

        😀 😀 😀 I am so with you! I have three left after last night and just WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! 😀 😀

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  6. chris2508 says:

    Good review Zoe. Still a bit angry about the accents, eh? I still don’t know whether to watch this.

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    1. Zoë says:

      LOL! Thanks Chris, yeah still stings a bit! Open Grave isn’t awful, but nothing special either.

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  7. Good review, I thought it was a decent film and enjoyed some of the twists 😀

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Tim! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  8. Mark Walker says:

    Great stuff Zoe. I like Copley and a lot of people are saying decent things about this. I will eventually get round to it.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Mark! Yeah Copley isn’t bad, I must say. Would like to hear what you think about it!

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  9. table9mutant says:

    Sounds like an interesting concept but… I dunno. Maybe I’d watch it if I had no other choice! Great review. : )

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks a lot!

      Yeah not something you have to seek out per se, but if it is on you may as well watch it!

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  10. jmartin1344 says:

    Enjoyed the review! I have been meaning to see this because I was interested to see Copley in a real starring role, and the concept is one of those that draws you in in what seems like originality (although in reality it’s being done a lot) – sounds like it’s at least worth checking out!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Oh my, sorry I only found this now! Copley handled the material well, I must give him that, and was interesting to watch. It is certainly worth checking out though!

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