Title: Sektor 236

Also known as:
Sektor 236: Tors Vrede (Full title)

Year: 2010

Genre: Sci-Fi / Horror

Language: Swedish

Runtime: 114 min

Director: Björne Hellquist & Robert Pukitis

Writer: Björne Hellquist

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1764584/

Plot:
While a group of young campers are arriving at the place called "Thor's Wrath", a squad of soldiers are also on the way there. Something nasty is going on there, and the soldiers are there to investigate. The campers however, are clueless of these events, but soon they'll be meeting whatever it is that lives there, first hand.

Our thoughts:
I first heard about this film when I saw a preview trailer for it before I saw "Dragonetti: The Ruthless Contract Killer" on a Swedish festival. My initial reaction to it was that it actually looked like it could be a great time. They seemed to have had a decent budget, they went with something as unusual as monsters in a Swedish movie, the acting looked pretty good and it definitely looked like it would be a success. So now I finally sat down to watch this movie with my girlfriend, and it's not a lie when I tell you I had to turn it off halfway through because my girlfriend couldn't take it anymore. Not because it was scary, but because of how bad and awkward it was. We finally went and bought some goodies to chew on just so that we would be able to take on the final half with full force.

Storywise it could've been interesting. I mean, it is essentially a Swedish "Predator" - if you throw in a group of campers as well. We have these soldiers that are aware of the oddities at Thor's Wrath (also known around the military as "Sector 236") so they are sent out to take care of it. The young, annoying, campers are clueless, but since they are the lead characters, they'll be in the middle of it all soon enough.

What is the creature, you ask? Well, you see, we don't really know. In POV shots we have a blue vision with some bad buld effect thrown into it, and other than we mostly see people being pulled up in trees, or pulled away. It's not until the end that we see what's hunting them down, but I honestly was too confused to understand if that was the only thing hunting them down, or if there was something else too. I frankly don't care, it's not important. Of course, we also find out that there is another dimension, and that the campers and the on-location-solders might be in that other dimension. I thought this was a stupid thing to explain things. I'm as fascinated about wormholes as the next guy, but it didn't bring anything to the story here except for maybe the finale. I have no problem spoiling what is that is killing them as it's neither a surprise nor anything that changes how you feel about the movie, and as you can see in the screenshots - it's a kid. They should just have thrown in a Predator. Even though the best (and only decent) effect in the movie was used on the "kid", it wasn't scary and definitely not worth watching the movie for.

One huge problem the movie has is that some scenes are way, way too long. We have them climb up some rocks to get to Thor's Wrath for what feels like half an hour (it's about 10 minutes though, I'd say). And then we have lots and lots of time spent on watching helicopters. Either inside of them with the troops, or when they land. Clearly even I think it's cool that they managed to get helicopters into the movie (if the budget indeed was low), but I am pretty sure that's also the reason why they showed them so much!

What the hell is up with the filtering? Honestly. I can why they wanted to filter some things, and I'm the last one to complain about the fact that it's filtered, but please make it decent! You can't let the filtering differ so fucking much between each angle switch. When you look at one person talking it can be green-ish, but then the next one will be blue. I know Hollywood has lots of color tilts in their films, but that doesn't mean you have to follow! Especially not if you can't handle it well. Sometimes I swear the filtering changed in the middle of a shot.

Now, my biggest problem with the film is the acting. There's not a single person in the film (maybe except the little kid, oddly enough) that knows how to deliver a line. Everything feels scripted and unrealistic. You just can't get into it! There's a point in the movie where a girl tells us a "scary" story about when she was younger and it's just terrible. It felt as if the script actually was written for that scene to take place, and she just read what the directions in the script said. Oh and the scary part of the story is when they stumble upon fresh flowers in an abandoned house. I was about to shit bricks! Every little bit of acting in this movie is awkward to watch. You just want to slap them all!

As you can hear, "Sektor 236" is a bad, bad movie. I'm impressed that they set out to make a monster movie, but beyond that there is nothing I can compliment the movie for. It's filled with horrible acting, terrible dialog, shitty filtering, poor editing and flat scare scenes. Please stay away from this film. As always, Swedes might want to check it out just because it's Swedish, but there are so many better films you can watch. Just go watch something like "Besökarna" or even "Blödaren" and you'll have a better time. It was hard to get through "Sektor 236".


Positive things:
- It's a struggle to find anything, really.

Negative things:
- I'll quote the review: "...horrible acting, terrible dialog, shitty filtering, poor editing and flat scare scenes."
- Slowest end credits ever!
- Adding actors we recognize doesn't help the movie in any way.

Rating:
Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 0.5/5
Comedy: 0/5

We bought this movie from:
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Reviewed by:
Ronny





 

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