When Animals Attack!
What happened to Brendan Fraser? Seriously, he used to be one of my favorite actors, since he was more than capable of being highly versatile and had a good on screen presence. Heck, I remember the days when Brendan could go from making a family comedy like "George of the Jungle" to a drama like "Gods and Monsters", with ease. Now it seems you rarely ever hear about him too much these days. Granted, I never saw his other film this year, "To Save A Life", but it seems these days Brendan isn't doing too well. As "Furry Vengeance" gives a whole new meaning to the word, awful.
"Furry Vengeance" is essentially about a would be real estate developer, Dan Sanders (Brendan Fraser), who moves his family out in the country in Oregon, so his real estate business can develop a new suburban housing area there. With his greedy boss pretending to have the real estate business care about the environment and it's animal wild life, the truth is they could care less if they all drop dead. As his Dan's boss sees destroying the entire rain forest and relocating the animals, who live there, nothing more than business and dollar signs. Dan being the gullible schmuck that he is agrees to help in this project because he feels its the only way he can support his family. Needless to say, his family hates his guts, as they think what him and his company are doing is just awful. To make matters worse, the animals of the forest team up to make Dan's life a living hell until he agrees to help stop the destruction of their forest home.
I know many of you reading this are probably thinking that this film must have a strong green message about the environment, and you'd be right thinking that. As this film definitely carries a strong message about the environment. That much is definitely obvious. What isn't so obvious though is that outside of this film's strong message about the environment, the rest of it just plain sucks.
The story line is not only predictable from beginning to end, but it also contains too many family film stereotypes, that it's nearly impossible to relate to any of the characters. In fact, I felt like I was stuck watching a long sitcom for the Disney Channel, as "Furry Vengeance" had characters who are typically derived from their shows. You have a "know it all" perfect wife, and a gullible moronic husband, who's just lucky enough to be with her. Then you have the bratty "know it all" yet rebellious teenager, that coincidentally happens to be smarter than the adults of this movie. Gee, why is it that in family films, that all adults are morons and kids are way smarter? Isn't it usually the other way around in real life? Oh well, I guess if family films portrayed that side of reality, kids wouldn't be as interested. After all, "Furry Vengeance" is meant to appeal to your kids, and not to dumb adults like us. For those who couldn't tell, I was being sarcastic in that last sentence.
Sadly, the worst performance of all came from Brendan Fraser. I truly hate having to slander the guy like this, as I know he's capable of so much more. Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is, he just wasn't on his "A-game" for this. Having his performance come off as rather campy, and often seemed a bit out of place in this film.
And don't even get me started on the story for this movie, as it gives a whole new definition to the word.....bad! For one it's clearly a rip off of "Dr. DoLittle 2", when Dr. DoLiittle led the animals of the rain forest to stop the destruction of their forest home. Which is almost exactly the same as what happens in "Furry Vengeance", except the animals are lead by a fearless and cunning raccoon instead. I know some of you who read my reviews for "She's Out Of My League" and "Cop Out", will remember when I said they weren't original either. However, at least those films had likable characters that you could relate to and laugh with. Where as "Furry Vengeance" doesn't even have that going for it.
The only positive thing I can say about this movie is that the special effects were fairly decent, and it does offer a fairly easy to follow plot structure for kids to follow, as that seems to be this film's target audience. Plus, it has cute little animals too, so I'm sure that will be enough for your kids to love it.
Overall, I'd wait for this movie until it comes out on video if you plan to see it, as it's not worth the price of admission. Trust me. In fact, unless your kids are begging you to see this, then I'd avoid this film at all cost. You'll definitely thank me for it, when you don't waste almost an hour and a half of your life on it.