Unnatural full movie review - Somewhat flawed but still fun creature feature
Arriving at an Arctic research station, a group of workers and a modeling crew on a photo-shoot encounter a ravenous, genetically- modified polar bear that begins rampaging through the group and forces them to fight it off to get away alive.
This here was quite a decent if still enjoyable effort. What really gives this some positives is the absolutely glorious atmosphere here as this one shows off the Arctic location incredibly well as not only the icy cold surroundings and remote, desolate landscape being featured are put to great use. Being that far from civilization and having nothing really working while being in a remote, icy-cold freezing environment with the darkness and eternal crunching snow beneath their feet makes the suspense here quite natural and believable, especially once it really turns on it's side when the beat starts attacking their camp. The early set-ups here, from the attack on the jeep out on the road to the absolutely stellar attack on the group during their photo-shoot where it comes up underneath the ice unseen and takes out the model and their guide as well as the different ambushes along the way as it takes out the different crew-members leading up to the final half which is really where this one gets plenty of enjoyable following that early set-up work. There's so much here to like, from the growing revelation of what's happening with the discovery of all the dead bodies and bringing about the massive assault on the lodge where they're all trapped inside and forced to fight it off in the cramped, closed-off surroundings as it chews its way through the remaining crew until getting the big final showdown in the middle of the woods that ends this on a bloody, brutal bang and really gives this a nice bang to leave on. Along with the strong creature effects here for the creature as it looks convincing enough and isn't CGI, there's some really good parts here that makes this enjoyable enough to hold off the few flaws on display. One of the biggest issues is the fact that the creature here isn't all that featured, barely getting any screen-time at all, either during its attacks or in the early set-up scenes so that it's hard to tell what it is had they not said what it was. The one brief shot of it off in the distance standing over it's kill doesn't give a clear look at it, and nearly all the other attacks are edited to be nearly indistinguishable what it really is as it doesn't get a whole lot of time here with this one focusing on other areas outside of the creature as there's the different groups within the crew-members, the photo-shoot and the interactions with all three here that eats up a lot more time than necessary which affects the somewhat lagging pace on display in the first half here. Otherwise, this one here wasn't all that bad.
Rated R: Graphic Violence, Language, Brief Nudity, mild sexual scenes and violence-against-animals.