Starring: Dennis Hopper, Kelly Brook, Hippolyte Girardot, Peter Capaldi, Susie
Amy, Raffaello Degruttola, Ashley Walters, Morven Christie, Julienne Davis, Jim

Directed by: Steven R. Monroe

Story: Nine strangers, with no apparent connection between them are abducted:
drugged, kidnapped and sealed in a house together.


Directed by Steven R. Monroe, who was interestingly enough (upon IMDB
investigation) first assistant camera on one of my favorite shows of all time "My
So-Called Life." Oh, and "Pee-Wees Payhouse." Brings me back to my childhood.
Anyway, I'm veering off subject. Our story is described in a Netflix summary, and
I quote, "Borrowing from Agatha Christie and the plots of Saw and Saw II,
director Steven R. Monroe's twisted tale takes nine unsuspecting victims
(including Dennis Hopper, who portrays an Irish priest), traps them in a mansion
and films their every move. Promising $5 million to the player who emerges
victorious, their unseen captor uses them as pawns in a demented, live-action
"game," concocting horrible scenarios that force his captives to participate."

First off, I like the term 'borrowing' from; does Monroe plan to give the idea back?
Most of this summary is true, all except the bit about concocting horrible
scenarios. There is no concocting of horrible scenarios. During the beginning
scene the nine victims wake to hear a recorded voice of a man describing the
rules. The rules are there are no rules. The man voice says they will not be
hearing from him ever again. The rest is up to them, and this promise remains
solid. I can sit here and list all the similarities to 'Saw,' and also to 'Cube.' But I
think what's interesting about this movie is it fills in the areas in which these
movies lacked.

It tells a story, a very realistic story of what would happen if a group of people
were placed captive and had to figure out why. There are no clues here. They've
been kidnapped, yes. But they've been placed in a very lovely mansion, equipped
with a very extensive collection of CDs as well as a monster sound system, and a
cabinet full of liquor and wine. They are given meals which they have the option to
ration. They just need to wait it out. However, human nature would suggest
otherwise. This is where the movie becomes interesting. If you want gore, hold
out until the last twenty minutes or so.

In between I was pretty impressed with the suspense, and overall voyeuristic feel
of the movie. You feel as though you're watching these people as they break
down. It's fun isn't it? That's right you sick bastard! Another thing to add ---
Dennis Hopper graces our presence in this flick. The funny this is, I forgot he was
Dennis Hopper within the first 5 minutes. I mean, Hopper, a priest! When I think
of Dennis Hopper I think of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2." I seriously bought it. I
wanted him to make it out alive. I wanted him to lead the entire group of nine to
salvation. All in all, great psychological horror. Also from a filmmakers point of
view, great cinematography and casting. You don't really care, nor do you know
too much about the characters, but it's interestingly shocking how much you can
relate to each and every one of their basic human instincts to get the hell out of
there alive.

Overall: 7/10
Genres: Horror, Mystery,

Rated: R

Country: Romania

Year: 2005

Runtime: 86 minutes

Studio: Bauer


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