Shadow (2010) Movie Review

Survival horrorPsychological trauma.  How does one cope with the tragedies of war while lying upon Death‘s doorstep?  Shadow examines this.


Jake Muxworthy stars as David, the Iraq War veteran.  Angelina, his friend, is played by Karina Testa.  Fred, the hunter, is played by Ottaviano Blitch.  Chris Coppola plays Buck, Fred’s friend.  Nuot Arquint plays Mortis, the sadistic butcher.


Upon recommendation of a friend, a soldier bikes in Europe and finds a woman Angelina being harassed by a couple of hunters, Fred and Buck.  In attempt to protect her, they find themselves being hunted — and then captured by a sadistic butcher.  They eventually find a mean to escape, but it was too little too late.


This hour-long movie had solid survival horror elements as it discussed the issue of post-traumatic syndrome.  Mortis was solid as a sadistic butcher, and his presence was felt through the movie once introduced.  However, David failed to capture the essence of a soldier in this movie.  As the main character, he was the biggest flaw in the movie.  Although this film had a few intense moments, it could have been much greater.

Verdict (Out of 10)

This movie deserved a 7 out of 10.  Mortis was the only salvageable character of the film, and David did not possess enough charisma to hold the film or the necessary survival skills to be deemed a soldier.