Since I thought SHITFEST was going to run in January, I spent a lot of time watching those Harry Pooter movies for Zoe’s site so I am a bit behind on my writing. As this is the case, I am going to run a couple of oldies that no one has ever looked at the next couple of days : )
This is not a horror movie, but a thriller, and, despite only having three actors and shot mostly in an apartment in England, it kept me engaged until the end. I don’t think I was ever bored during the hour-forty-eight so, that alone, merits four top hats. The three actors do a pretty good job, in my opinion. You might remember one as the dumb policeman from the latest Sherlock Holmes, the other actor I have never heard of or seen and Alice Creed has been in a few things here and there. Interestingly, she spends most of her screen time handcuffed to a bed with a ball gag in her mouth. Just thinking about a ball gag in my mouth makes me gag. But I gag a lot. There is not any dialogue for the very well done first ten minutes, there are two nice plot twists that set up the second and third acts, and the end wasn’t rushed, or “a twist” or left open for a sequel. This was simply a well done, English thriller that I enjoyed. I liked that every shot seemed to have everything positioned symmetrically and evenly spread out, not bunched up, or diagonal or anything artsy. I wouldn’t say this was “grippingly twisty” like some of the posters quote, it wasn’t nerve wracking or anything, but just a good old fashioned kidnapping flick with a couple of cool plot twists.
The plot is simple enough: kidnap the rich girl’s daughter, takes some naked pictures of her bound up, and then collect the ransom from the old man. I don’t really want to say too much, because I don’t want to give anything away (two thirds of the movie are based off of the enjoyable plot turns). Of course, while the kidnapping and ransom go according to plans, the relationships between the three individuals involved are what make the movie, and everyone gets what they deserve, one way or another. I would watch definitely watch it again.