The movie tells the story of a couple in a troubled marriage who locate a meteorite, initiating an encounter with a mysterious creature, only to realize that it is a source of both pleasure and destruction.
Critics Of "The Untamed (La región salvaje) [Sub: Eng]"
Tribune News Service
August 09, 2017
Escalante draws remarkable performances out of his cast of mostly newcomers in this film about the consequences of pleasure and the many meanings of flesh; where animal intelligence fills the void left by emotional disconnect.
Science-fiction tableaus and kitchen sink exchanges are punctuated by these dangerous liaisons, which remove gender from sexual need to leave an otherworldly hunger fuelled by menacing tracking shots and a darkened restraint
Escalante's dogged literal-mindedness makes this an incomplete Zulawski homage at best, and at worst The Untamed is as basic as its title, a joyless slog through an austere sci-fi-adjacent melodrama about the weaponization of desires unexpressed.
[Amat Escalante's] film may lack the subtlety of Val Lewton's famously allusive RKO chillers, but there's the same sense that the shadowy rooms braved by the characters are no less than the human psyche itself.