By Joseph G. Cote
The movie, which stars 2008 Milford High School grad Caitlin Blair Thistle as Rose and Boston resident Grady Justice as Morgan, is described as a teen love drama twirled with a new kind of werewolf fable in the "Twilight"tradition.
That tradition being that these are not your father's werewolves. Werewolves in "the Clear" are not the mindless savages brutally transformed by moonlight a la "The Wolf Man." Instead, the werewolves--including Rose and Morgan--are two of the last of a dwindling bloodline founded generations before by a single Abenaki Native American on the shores of the Clear.
These werewolves aren't mindless savages a la The Wolf Man. They're mindless savages a la a thousand old Westerns.
IOW, they're Indians, which means they're animals on the inside. In this case, literally.
No doubt these noble savages will struggle not to give into their darker urges. Their bloodthirsty desire to hunt people like prey. Because that's what
Monkey see, monkey do
How is The Clear not a blatant Twilight ripoff? Quileute Indians as werewolves from an ancient bloodline...Abenaki Indians as werewolves from an ancient bloodline. I must've missed the key differences, because this sounds like a bad carbon copy.
The producers practically admit they're trying to cash in on Twilight. I wonder what their evidence is for thinking that derivative movies make money. The Star Wars ripoffs? The Indiana Jones ripoffs? The Terminator ripoffs?
Really, I'd love to compare the most successful and unsuccessful movie ripoffs and see which list is longer. I'm guessing the latter would outnumber the former by five or ten to one.
No real Indians in The Clear?
I don't get a sense that any of the actors are even part Native. How much do you wanna bet that non-Natives will play these "Abenaki" werewolves? Will the producers consult with a single Abenaki to make sure their film isn't inaccurate or stereotypical?
I doubt it. Unless Indians are involved and cast in The Clear, we should stay clear of it. And give it a big thumbs down.
For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Movies.
Below: Lots and lots of Indian werewolves.
"Hey, I'm part Indian! I can star in The Clear too!"
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