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Senseless [DVD][2008]

Jason Behr , Emma Catherwood , Simon Hynd    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jason Behr, Emma Catherwood, Joe Ferrara
  • Directors: Simon Hynd
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: I.S.I.S. Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GBB666
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,815 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Eliott Gast (Jason Behr, The Tattooist, The Grudge) is an American businessman. In a world where the U.S. is mistrusted, where bankers are despised and where capitalism teeters on the brink of collapse, Gast is guilty of at least one thing; success. But that success makes Gast the target for a group of anti-globalisation extremists who kidnap him and broadcast his imprisonment over the Internet. After initially treating him well, his captors, led by a man known only as Blackbeard (Joe Ferrara, Elizabeth The Golden Age), begin to systematically deprive Gast of each of his senses. Through his nurse and liaison to the group Nim (Emma Catherwood Holby City, The Reeds) Gast learns that he will only be freed when the viewers of his ordeal have donated enough money to his captors to buy his freedom. In the face of his intractably painful, terrifying, and ultimately numbing predicament, Gast finds himself slipping further and further into a meditative reflection on his past, and particularly on the joys and deceptions of his sense-saturated life before captivity. Through the fascinating, disturbing ordeal of Eliott Gast, Senseless traces the precise boundaries of empathy, searching for humanity in the digital era. This stunningly original and utterly terrifying story, based on the novel by Stona Fitch, has been brought to the screen in unflinching detail by the BAFTA award winning director Simon Hynd. SPECIAL FEATURES: - Virus a short film by Simon Hynd - Director s Commentary - Out-takes - Alternative Trailers

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Dan
Format:DVD
Largely set in the same white walled room, this film may lack huge outdoor set pieces, but it grabs you early on and never lets up. I was at first worried it might be yet another torture-porn movie, bleak and revelling in its depravity, but Hynd's film has more brains than that. Yes, it has its queasy moments, but they all serve a purpose, and intercut with a sparse yet revealing backstory we come to understand why this man is here. Give it a go!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Attack on the senses 30 April 2011
By C. J. P
Format:DVD
Worth a nights rental, it reminded me a bit of Unthinkable. The torture whilst realistic is not gratuitous and is done well. There's a message in here the delivery is not subtle but then as the movie points out if you want to be heard the worlds a very noisy place so subtle might not work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing 7 April 2011
Format:DVD
Having been into the horror genre for years, it takes a lot to shock or unnerve me. This film managed both.

I was expecting torture porn(which wouldn't have disappointed me as I do have a soft spot for sadistic films,lol), but what I got was something much darker and infinitely more compelling.
Imagine waking up not knowing where you are, to be faced with masked people who seem not only determined, but reasonable, in what they intend to do.Which is to deprive you of all your senses in a methodical and merciless manner.

The actual scenes of Eliot having his senses systematically removed are unflinching in their reality, and I actually could not watch one of them. It is done in an understated way, without the over-the-top spurting blood of the more run-of-the-mill films, and this makes it harder to watch and leave images that linger in the mind long after the film has finished.

It forces you to engage with Eliot on a one-to-one basis, putting you in the position of
accomplice to his mistreatment. The points it makes about our fascination with the suffering of our fellow human beings are uncomfortable in the extreme. And believable.

Clever, original and disturbing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars provocative and intelligent 17 Mar 2011
By rit
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
on looking at the blurb this may seem like yet another torture flick, but there is depth and intelligence that makes you consider issues well beyond those directly addressed. subtle and clever. i thought about it for a long time after i saw it have i would certainly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars unique and terrifying 5 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
An American business man is held hostage and tortured for his crimes. His captivity is broadcast on the internet where the public vote on his fate.

If the mention of torture in the synopsis leaves you expecting a variation on Hostel or the Saw series you will no doubt be disappointed. In many ways Senseless is the antithesis of those films which use violence and torture to titillate the audience. Instead it actively engages the viewer, forcing them to question their motivation for watching.

This is a brave and provocative film. It plays out in a white, featureless room with only one flawed character for the viewer to root for, and yet within these restrictive parameters the director has fashioned a tight, terrifying story that sucks you in almost despite yourself and gives you that feeling of desperately wanting to turn away, while being too tied up in the characters and story to stop watching.

Yes, the violence is sickening at times, and in many respects it is totally senseless, but I think that's the point.
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