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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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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
really could not get into this low budget movie which I switched off part of the way through. Watch it if you like....anything differentPublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer