**½/**** Image A- Sound B-
starring Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Gregory Hines, Tom Noonan
screenplay by David Eyre and Michael Wadleigh, based on the novel by Whitley Strieber
directed by Michael Wadleigh
by Bill Chambers Wolfen goes through the paces of a typical detective thriller, but it's far from conventional. I crave to understand this picture's somewhat literal bleeding heart better and thought the DVD would be of more assistance--unfortunately, the advertised commentary track with actors Gregory Hines and Edward James Olmos and director/co-writer Michael Wadleigh is AWOL. My mother calls Wolfen "a werewolf movie from the werewolf's point of view," and that's not a bad take on it, since the homicidal title creatures are in essence the good guys of the piece. Certainly, the film's preponderance of "wolf P.O.V." shots make it less than figuratively so.