The Israeli film Big Bad Wolves can best be described as Prisoners with a great sense of humor. But don’t get confused, Big Bad Wolves was already in theaters while Prisoners was still in production. Written and directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, and raved about by gore enthusiast Quentin Tarantino, the film features a cunning plot involving a series of disturbing child murders and the ruthless men out to solve the crimes.

The Players

  • Directors: Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado
  • Screenwriters: Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado
  • Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Tzahi Grad
  • Cinematography by: Giora Bejach
  • Original Music by: Haim Frank Ilfman

The Plot:

A series of murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.

The Good:

  • Great Storytelling: Keshales and Papushado tell their story with cleverness, suspense and best of all, humor. The secret of this film is that you’re kept guessing all the way through. Overall, it’s a simple story of a father seeking revenge for the murder of his baby girl. He kidnaps the supposed child-killer, a cop tags along, and they torture him until he talks. But as the story unfolds, we realize there’s more to the story than meets the eye. For one, you’re always left with a sense of guilt (yes, you the viewer) because the filmmakers chose to retain the clues to the mystery. Is this guy really the culprit? What if they’re hurting an innocent man?
  • The Humor: Big Bad Wolves is surprisingly hilarious for a crime-thriller. Just when things are getting too serious and/or bloody and violent, the directors throw in some humor to cut the tension. The black comedy works very well, and the film will have you laughing during some of the most disturbing scenes.

The So-So:

  • Missing Details: There are a few missing details that leave us a bit confused. For example, the filmmakers chose not to include why Dror was the main suspect in the investigation. There’s some mention of why (at the very beginning), but it wasn’t substantial. It may be a technicality, but it’s still annoying.


Big Bad Wolves is deliciously wicked in the way that Tarantino movies are. It has a great sense of humor and it’s loaded with good performances. Though the storyline is rather plain, and even a bit played out, the film is enjoyable the whole way through.

The Rating: 8/10

Big Bad Wolves hits theaters January 17.

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