The Tortured

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Looking at the title, judging by the cover, and assessing the blurb, I was fairly certain this was going to be average revenge splatter guff, and it didn’t disappoint. Don’t go into this expecting anything too extreme or too involved, it’s simply an outlandish tale of improbable revenge with a few twists thrown in to try to keep you guessing.

The Tortured is a suitably grim film, following the aftermath of a couple’s relationship when their only child is kidnapped and killed. Both husband and wife feel guilty for ‘allowing’ it to happen and the blame and grief leads them to split up. After some time though, the thirst for revenge brings them together again. They kidnap the killer as he is being taken to prison, take him to their basement, and begin to torture him over a number of days. Over this time the torture gets worse, more painful, and more gruesome, and although the couple feel shame and regret for what they are doing, they cannot bring themselves to stop believing it is justified. At the same time, the police are looking for the killer who they assume has escaped. The film tries to blur the lines between good and evil, justice and vengeance, and to its credit it doesn’t fall completely down the gore hole.

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I’m a little surprised at how badly this has been reviewed, with some truly awful scores on various movie sites. It was never going to be great, but it has good performances from Metcalfe and Christensen and there is a palpable sense of doom – that one horrific event will echo through the rest of the lives of everyone tied to it. There is one major twist – even if you see it coming, it will still leave a bad taste when the movie is over, leaving you to ponder the cost. It’s worth your time if you are a diehard horror fan, but it would be difficult to recommend to anyone else given the subject matter and execution.

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Loaded

Loaded

A pretty little rich boy gets involved in drugs and violence in a pretty little rich town. Potentially interesting ruined by poor acting, poor camerawork, terrible characters who speak in the most inane language in an unconvincing manner, an ending which doesn’t answer questions about certain characters and an open half hour or more in which absolutely nothing happens.

Yes, the intro goes on for most of the movie- introducing the gardener from Desperate Housewives who, it seems, was once involved in drugs and other scary things and witnessed a friend dying. He has moved on, is doing well at Uni, has a bunch of friends who say a lot but have nothing to say, and parents who watch over him like prison guards. There follows scene after scene of semi nude , semi skeletal women gyrating to awful music, flashy camerawork which gets irratating before the first time it happens, and shots of people from a society which will hopefully soon be long forgotten drinking and grinning. Eventually something happens.

I won’t ‘spoil’ the ‘plot’, but basically the story follows Metcalfe descend back into his old ways which threaten to destroy everything he has achieved (been given) before he realises what has been happening and fights to save himself. I’m struggling to remember why i decided to give this two stars instead of one. Monica Keena, the only character worth remotely caring in, is watchable amidst the mire of stereotypes scraped off the back of a Tim Westwood earlobe, and Vinnie Jones is ok as himself. There are a few scenes of action, mostly handled as if by someone who runs away when they see a couple of birds fighting over a worm, and a couple of moments of violence which aren’t anything exciting for fans. There are a few funny moments, although that may have been my own madness setting in. For fans of things which look as if they go boom (but don’t) and people who think they’re beautiful (but aren’t).