2010 / Director. John Rebel
Bear is a B-movie, although Wikipedia lists it as a Z-movie. Either way it's an uber low budget indie flick about four people stranded in the wilderness, trapped inside their car while being terrorised by a giant grizzly bear. Ordinarily I wouldn't recommend it because it's poorly written and miserably acted... however, given their low low budget and lack of filmmaking experience they've achieved something decent. I imagine most of the budget was forked out on hiring the trained bear and they've definitely gotten bang for their buck. Most of the film is dialogue driven with two of the brothers fleshing out life long quarrels. Most of the non-event scenes are shot really well with slow tracking, soft focus and clever framing... but the action sequences are poorly staged and the editing is erratic. On a positive, the movie held my attention to the end and for a first time feature, it's an impressive result. Director John Rebel went on to make Wolf Town so perhaps he's aiming for a nature-creature-feature kind of niche... It's a genre rarely tapped into these days so he might be onto something.