#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Sheriff Kyle Williams comes to Bywater to replace the missing sheriff and he learns from his deputy Fraser that there are other 47 missing persons in the area. He is summoned by the oil tycoon Fred Schist to repress a strike led by the schoolteacher Teri Richards in his company. He also learns that Schist claims that he bought the native sacred land Dark Waters from the Indian Ted Sallis that vanished with the money. Further, a man called Rene Laroque is sabotaging the facility. Kyle gets closer to Teri while he looks for Laroque, and soon he realizes that something in the swamp seems to be protecting Dark Waters.
Plot: Agents of an oil tycoon vanish while exploring a swamp marked for drilling. The local sheriff investigates and faces a Seminole legend come to life: Man-Thing, a shambling swamp-monster whose touch burns those who feel fear.
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Better than I expected
As a part time comic geek and a full time movie geek I was surprised that anyone would green-light a film based on the old Marvel comic “Man Thing.” Obviously I had no expectations for this straight to DVD release when I saw it last week but all in all I was pleasantly surprised. Now don’t get me wrong, “Man Thing” is by no definition the best comic book film ever made but it is at least true to it’s origins unlike “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin.” The basic story is pretty much a product of the “plot wheel” and you won’t see any big name actors but if you treat it for what it is, a solid B-movie, there are worse ways to spend an hour and a half. The title creature looks as if the special effects and costume designers did their best to capture this little known character’s appearance and movement. Not to say that this film doesn’t have it’s problems, bad annoying camera gimmicks and cartoonish supporting actors among them, however I don’t believe that a reviewers job is to turn into a whinny nitpicker. If you really love the medium there aren’t that many films that you can’t find at least one good element in. “Man Thing” never stood a chance to be much more than a guilty pleasure but honestly you can’t expect a first rate film adaptation of a third rate comic book. This is a film for B movie night and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Cut. Print.
Deviates too much from the comic and has a boring midsection
Marvel Comics’ Man-Thing is a mindless, empathic swamp creature that lives in the Everglades. This 2005 film is loosely based on the story “Cry of the Native” from the 1973 comic (Adventure Into) Fear #16, which featured the Man-Thing, by writer Steve Gerber and Howland, Ohio’s Val Mayerik (artist).
The plot’s great: The Seminoles and environmentalists are upset over a developer taking over their precious swamp. A new police chief comes into town and has to deal with the situation, as well as investigate an increasing number of horrifying deaths in the swamp and reports of a “man-thing” creature living there.
The swamp sets, cinematography, music, locations (Sydney, Australia, of all places) and cast are all quite good. This is not a Grade-Z movie. As a matter of fact, it was originally intended for theatrical release.
The film has a good mysterious feel to it, in particular the first 30 minutes and final 20 minutes. The vibe, to be expected, is very comic booky, but the material is respected and generally taken seriously, avoiding the rut of camp.
What works best is the “Man-Thing” itself; imagine Val Mayerik’s rendition of the creature with a bunch of creepy branches & roots sticking out of its back & head and you’d have a pretty good idea of what ol’ Manny looks like in this film: He’s an 8-foot tall, hulking, and utterly horrifying piece of man-like swamp mass.
Now for what doesn’t work. Although the Man-Thing looks great, which is a cinematic triumph in and of itself, he doesn’t appear fully until the last 20 minutes. This would be fine if the story were captivating, like say “Jaws,” but it’s not. Although the plot’s great, the story itself barely holds your attention after the first half hour and is unnecessarily convoluted with pointless characters. The middle-hour is wasted on various people hanging out in the swamp for one dubious reason or another, half of them getting picked off by the creature. I’m sure they did this to show-off the superb swamp sets and lighting, etc., but they forgot the most important part, an interesting story and characters. This makes no sense since Gerber’s run on the comic contains a wealth of great material to use for compelling scripts.
Also, the film deviates too far from Man-Thing’s original concept. Some new ideas introduced are great, like the way the creature looks and horrifically attacks people, but where’s Manny’s empathic nature? Where’s the “whatever knows fear burns at the Man-Thing’s touch” element? And why does Manny kill people indistinguishably? For instance, the creature kills a noble native at one point and later threatens the two protagonists of the story. The Man-Thing never did this in the comics even though he was a mindless creature. In other words, he was a force for good, figuratively representing nature and, more specifically, the swamp. However, this CAN be related to the movie as well, if you think about it.
Some things are sort of faithful to the comics. For instance, Ted Sallis is linked to the creature and I actually like the change in the movie compared to the eye-rolling “super soldier” serum angle of the comics.
For those not in the know, the first Marvel comic featuring the Man-thing beat out DC’s Swamp Thing by two months in 1971. To complicate matters, the cover of The Phantom Stranger #14 features a creature that looks suspiciously like Man-Thing (albeit NOT the corresponding story inside the comic) and this issue was released the same month that Man-Thing debuted in Savage Tales #1. In any case, Theodore Sturgeon’s similar swamp creature “It” appeared in one of his short stories 31 years earlier! The first comic book bog beast, The Heap, appeared two years later in 1942, obviously inspired by Sturgeon’s creature.
Let’s compare “Man-Thing” with the similar “Swamp-Thing” from 1982. To be expected, the creature from “Man-Thing” absolutely blows away the guy-in-a-rubber-suit in “Swamp-Thing.” The sets, atmosphere and cinematography of “Man-Thing” are also better than “Swamp-Thing,” not to mention the vibe’s not as goofy. As for the story, I would say they’re about equal.
FINAL ANALYSIS: The midsection of “Man-Thing” is lethargic and meandering, filled with uninteresting or undeveloped characters, but the film’s attributes noted above make it worth checking out if you’re into creature-on-the-loose flicks, particularly of the swamp monster variety. On that level it’s a decent movie. The greatest part is the creature itself, which is a cinematic triumph, especially if you’re a fan of the comic books. But these same fans will be disappointed because the film is a very loose interpretation with an utterly tedious midsection. It’s too bad because the potential for greatness was there.
The film runs 1 hour, 37 minutes.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 46 min (106 min), 1 hr 37 min (97 min) (USA), 1 hr 36 min (96 min) (Singapore), 1 hr 33 min (93 min) (UK), 1 hr 45 min (105 min) (DVD) (USA), 1 hr 36 min (96 min) (Ontario) (Canada)
Genre Action, Adventure, Horror
Director Brett Leonard
Writer Steve Gerber, Hans Rodionoff
Actors Jack Thompson, Matthew Le Nevez, Steve Bastoni
Country United States, Germany, Australia
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, DTS
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1 (original aspect ratio / TV & DVD), 2.35 : 1 (theatrical ratio)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A