Jonah (Sharlto Copley) wakes up in a pit of dead bodies with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Fleeing the scene, he breaks into a nearby house and is met at gunpoint by a group of terrified strangers, all suffering from memory loss. Suspicion gives way to violence as the group starts to piece together clues about their identities, but when they uncover a threat that's more vicious - and hungry - than each other, they are forced to figure out what brought them all together before it's too late.
Part of the charm of a film like Open Grave is its sense of mystery and the film fosters that sense of the mysterious right up to the very end as it builds towards a climax you would never see coming. The downside? The reason you don’t see it coming is because what you are left with is so convoluted, bizarre and nonsensical that you can’t help but wonder what the point was.
The film follows a group of people who have all awoken with no memory of their past lives and who they are. When one wakes up in a ditch full of bodies he starts to wonder if he has anything to do with what has happened here. While the group search for answers about who they are and why they are alive they come across things that could destroy them long before they recover their memories.
The film has plenty of questions to be solved and thought about while the group searches for answers, the only problem being that all of the questions revolve around one character, around the mysterious man in the pit (Sharlto Copley) and his justifications. While the film fleshes him out and figures out what kind of a man he is, you learn nothing about the others as they prove to be needless meat sacks or eye candy for the viewers.
Copley does a good job in connecting viewers to the story but whenever the film isn’t following him the film stops dead in its tracks as you are stuck with characters you know very little about. Aside from some obvious character traits (one is German, another can’t/won’t talk) you know literally nothing about who they are except for how they may connect with Copley’s character.
The whole film is unique, the ideas on display are impressive but they aren’t thought out. The horror elements of the story are so unclear that there is no sense of danger, the characters feel like cardboard cutouts and the overall conclusion isn’t as smart as people thought it would be making Open Grave another disappointing horror picture that didn’t think before it delivered a half baked idea.