The story of a dystopic future society that punishes the least transgression with confinement to re-education camps serves mainly as a setup for the lengthy "turkey shoot" of the title your basic man-hunting-man-for-sport kind of thing. You've got the square-jawed "man who can't be broken" lead; the beautiful, delicate woman he's protecting; and, of course, the disposable secondary roles/targets. They're all being chased by such cartoonish characters as the lisping hunter with the cannibalistic mutant-wolfman sidekick and the scary lady with the crossbow that fires explosive and barbed arrows. Of course, there are over-the-top depictions of brutality, grotesquely violent death, torture and dismemberment, as well as the inevitable climax, in which the camp itself is overrun and freedom/chaos reigns as everything in sight explodes. What more could you ask for?
See your yourself at 10 p.m. tonight and tomorrow when Turkey Shoot screens at Starz FilmCenter, in the Tivoli building on the Auraria campus. Tickets are $9.50 general admission, $7 for students and seniors, and $6 for members of the Denver Film Society. For more info, call 303-595-3456 or visit www.denverfilm.org.
Fri., Nov. 27, 10 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 28, 10 p.m., 2009