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Growth (2010)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 September 2010 (USA)
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Twenty years after a deadly outbreak of parasites at an island research facility, where most of the people were killed, survivor Jamie returns with her friends to sell her stake. But a new strain of parasite could blow the transaction.

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Gabriel Cowan

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mircea Monroe ... Jamie Ackerman
Christopher Shand ... Justin Roberts
Nora Kirkpatrick ... Kristin Daniels
Brian Krause ... Marco
Richard Riehle ... Larkin
Lou Richards ... Dr. Macavire
Ian Patrick Williams ... Mason Lane
Jill Hoiles ... Amanda
Jessica Dercks Jessica Dercks ... Liz
Robert Pike Daniel ... Jake
Alexi Wasser ... Sarah
Kate Kelton ... Gina
Brad Culver ... Andy
Samantha Yonack Samantha Yonack ... Jen Anderson
Mackenzie Brooke Smith ... Gwen Anderson
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In 1989, a breakthrough in advanced parasitic research on Cuttyhunk Island, gave scientists a jump in human evolution. Initial tests proved promising as subjects were experiencing heightened physical and mental strength and awareness. But, something in the experiment went horribly wrong and the island mysteriously lost three quarters of its population. Jamie Akerman fled the outbreak, which took her mothers life, twenty years ago. She now returns with her boyfriend and step brother, to sell the family property. There, they uncover the key to Jamie's disturbing past, and the horrifying secrets long suppressed by the town leader, Larkin. Now, a new strain of parasite has emerged, and threatens the island once again. Jamie struggles to survive and escape the obsessive pursuit of the local islanders who know that she has inherited more than she could ever have imagined. Written by Brandon

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Sometimes the Greatest Enemy Comes From Within See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Mason: Ah, coming to touch greatness again?
Larkin: No. I came to see the man who spoke of greatness but never understood what it meant.
Mason: That hurts my feelings.
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Could have been so much better
30 January 2010 | by Nan00kSee all my reviews

In response to the first reviewer: I've seen Squirm and Slither. I liked Squirm and I loved Slither, but Growth was a mess. The difference is the former two didn't take themselves too seriously and it seemed they were made with more care than this.

Growth starts out with an interesting premise, and actually very good dialogue and characters. Unfortunately, the story and editing made me sorry I got my hopes up at all. First of all, the film takes itself deadly seriously, and suffers for it. Not that I wanted a horror/comedy, but the script just couldn't pull off a straight horror story, alas.

The other main complaints with the film are as previously mentioned, characters make bizarre decisions beyond the typical "stupid horror character decisions" and are not explained. The effects of the parasites are too amorphous: do they affect the will of the victim? And the weak story too heavily relies on flashbacks.

On the positives, I actually thought the CGI was decently well done, the dialogue/script believable and the casting was not objectionable.

I can see the director doesn't have much experience, so team him up with a better story editor and I'd see the next one.


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