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Studio: Dark Sky Films
Cast: James Le Gros, Joshua Leonard, Amy Seimetz, Mario Batali, Larry Fessenden, Megan Hilty, John Speredakos
Director: Joe Maggio
Release Date: January 04, 2011
Rating: Not Rated for (violence)
Run Time: 01h:44m:26s
“Gordon…this is my life.” - Peter Grey (James LeGros)
Ok, so in most cases I'd run without looking back if I was faced with the prospect of watching a horror movie with famous chef Mario Batali in the cast. However, the word of mouth for this particular killer chef movie has been good enough to make the prospects of viewing this much better than expected.
Movie Grade: C-
DVD Grade: A-
The revenge flick that basically started it all, Straw Dogs, was released way back in 1971. Since
then, such revenge-driven fare has been a near-monthly thing in our multiplexes, culminating in, yes, folks, a
remake of Straw Dogs, slated to hit theaters this Fall. Given the age of this rather tired subgenre, there are plenty of
conventions and clichés in play with each and every new attempt at least a hint of greatness. One of the latest
attempts at revenge-flick glory is Bitter Feast, a product of the rather interesting mind that is filmmaker Joe
Maggio, the man behind the brilliant 2008 film Paper Covers Rock, and a budding talent in the indie scene. While
there are flashes of similar brilliance in Bitter Feast, it too often feels like a film from a different filmmaker; one
that was simply strewn together with the hopes that something would stick. MPI Home Video brings us this Bitter
Feast under their Dark Sky Films label, and it’s a solid release, with some very nice supplemental features.
Peter Grey (James LeGros) is a successful chef that is also the co-host of a cooking show on TV. Poor ratings as of
late are leading to rumors of the show’s cancellation, leaving Peter nearly at wit’s end. Disgusted, Peter returns to his
restaurant where he learns from the show’s producer (celebrity chef, himself, Mario Batali) that his show’s been
cancelled, and his failing restaurant is closing, all due to a horrid review by food blogger T.J. Franks (Joshua
Leonard). Franks has his own issues at home, but he’s still not ready or wanting for what happens to him next.
Grey targets Franks as the reason his career and life are collapsing, so he kidnaps him, chains him up in a basement
in a remote house located deep in the woods. Franks’ only hope for survival is his wife, Katherine (Amy Seimetz)
and a Private Investigator (Larry Fessenden), but his time may be up before they are able to find him.
Despite some fresh ideas, Bitter Feast, almost inevitably falls prey to many of the aforementioned revenge-flick
clichés. Initially feeling like a promising effort, with at least a tinge of originality, things spiral, all too quickly
downward, and, by the end, we feel like we’re watching another standard escape-from-a-crazed-maniac snooze
fest. There’s plenty of promise, initially, with the first half hour or so providing an interesting setup and character
development, but once we get to the endless sequences of Peter torturing T.J., things get boring fast. Much of this is
due to the sheer lack of quality (or any) scares, and the fact that every method of torture is both uninteresting, and
never really overly threatening, especially in this, the tail end of the age of “torture porn.”
It’s difficult to fault the actors, as the always interesting LeGros (Living in Oblivion) does all that he can with the
underwritten Peter Grey character. Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project) is also solid playing the flat out
horrible person that is T.J. Franks. No, there’s pretty much solid acting throughout, with much of the blame falling
in Maggio’s lap. Things might have been better had Maggio gone the full-blown satire route, making his film more
of a comedic take on the culinary industry, with a focus on some of the ridiculous modern cooking show that he
nearly pokes fun at via the footage from the fictional show hosted by Peter Grey. If you’re a die-hard fan of Top
Chef or Hell’s Kitchen, and you’re looking for something even approaching a take on those shows with Bitter
Feast, you’re going to be disappointed. This DVD, however, is far from disappointing, as it’s technically impressive
in both the audio and video departments. There are also some very nice extras including an alternate ending that
features an interesting coda that doesn’t exist in the final feature film. Perhaps there’s a chance that Bitter Feast
could garner a cult following, despite its missteps, and if it does, it could be in large part, due to this impressive DVD
Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - July 1, 2011, 7:08 am - DVD Review
Keywords: culinary empire, challenges, tense shocker
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