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.