War Wolves starts in the Middle East where a unit of US soldiers are ambushed & caught in a firefight, as well as facing bullets a half man half wolf Middle Eastern thing also attacks them. Jump forward 'Six Months Later' & the unit have gone their separate ways & are trying to forget about past events, however none of them can escape the fact that they are changing into half people half wolf type creatures every so often which just isn't normal. Erika Moore (Natasha Alam) wants to use the power for evil while recovering alcoholic Jake Gabriel (director Michael Worth) is trying to get on with his life as best he can but Erika needs him, for what I don't know. Meanwhile Werewolf hunters Tony Ford (John Saxon) & Frank Bergman (Tim Thomerson) travel the US killing these infected humans & trying to rid the world of this menace once & for all...
Directed by & staring Michael Worth I have to say that I thought War Wolves was an absolutely terrible film, as a Sci-Fi Channel original there's so little action or incident in it that I wouldn't even go as far as to call it a 'Creature Feature'. The script is a mess, it tries to mix horror, war, martial arts action, drama & even has a stab at saying something about Gulf War syndrome & the state soldiers are left in after a tour of duty. War Wolves is one of the worst written films I have ever seen, there's no explanation of what the creatures are in the film or where they came from, no reason is given for why Erika wants Jake so much, what about the other members of the unit? Wouldn't one of those do? In fact there's never any explanation or reason given for what Erika wanted to do or why she was evil or anything. There's no explanation about why the wolf thing at the start attacked the unit but didn't kill them, there's no reason given why people change, their strengths or weaknesses & there's a terrible ending which is impossible to figure out, Erika & Jake are seen talking & then that's, they are never shown again. After sitting though almost 100 minutes of this crap that's an extremely unsatisfying way to round the film off & the whole thing is so bitty with a broken narrative where it feels like random scenes are spliced together (Erika being knocked down, a couple of slow motion fight scenes, two girls who run a motel & other annoying scenes) & I lost interest very quickly although I did stick it out until the end so never let anyone say I didn't give it a chance. Take into consideration that there is zero gore, rubbish dialogue, paper thin character's, quite the worst most random underdeveloped plot I have seen in a long time, the fact that it's incredibly boring & dull & what we have here is a complete turkey.
Apart from a couple of awful Matrix wannabe fight scenes there's zero action & surprisingly no gore expect a few splashes of blood. The make-up effects on the wolf creature things at the end is awful, we are talking joke shop standards here, it's maybe the poorest make-up job I have in a long while & the actor's underneath just look daft. The make-up makes them look more like Vampires than Werewolves as they grow fangs & a bit of a snout but don't grow any body hair. I don't know what else to say really, everything about War Wolves is terrible.
With a supposed budget of about $500,000 this really does look even lower budget than that, at least there's no bad CGI in it like most Sci-Fi Channel films since there isn't any CGI anyway. Surprisingly there's a few cameos here by actor's who must have been desperate, John Saxon, Tim Thomerson, Adrienne Barbeau, Martin Kove & Art LaFleur.
War Wolves is maybe the worst film I have seen during 2009 so far & that's saying something since it's up against some stiff competition. I really can't think of a single aspect of War Wolves that I enjoyed or even makes any sense. Really, really bad.
Review by Paul Andrews from the Internet Movie Database.