Not exactly a storyline for the ages, is it? In fact, the plot seems so whisper-thin that you're barely aware of it as you watch the film. Malone seems to have decided to make an entire movie patterned after the most grisly scenes in David Fincher's Seven--black-soot walls, slanting rays of light, smoke and steam billowing for no reason, and unspeakably gruesome things going on. Yes, it's rather terrifying, which is one thing in the film's favour. But it's empty terror--there's no sense of story or character to make it mean anything. It's merely a sequence of frightful scenes punctuated with vicious torture and extreme gore. Everything is heightened right off the scale--editing, sound, lighting, effects. This is a loud, jumpy movie in which the fairly solid cast just play it straight, as if all the mayhem around them is just another day's work. No, it makes no sense at all. But I've seen worse films ... this week.
dir William Malone|
scr Josephine Coyle
with Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone, Stephen Rea, Amelia Curtis, Michael Sarrazin, Nigel Terry, Jeffrey Combs, Siobhan Flynn, Anna Thalbach, Jana Guttgemanns, Gesine Cukrowski, Udo Kier
release US 30.Aug.02; UK 27.Jun.03
Intrepid heroes. Our fearless duo (McElhone and Dorff) look through the case file in their smokey, blackened police station...
|Emma, Wales: "Wicked film! My mates and i watched it like 10 times in a week, sad i know, but do you blame me? the film was brilliant. BRING EM ON!" (22.Jan.04)|