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  • Actors: Erika Christensen, Jesse Metcalfe, Bill Moseley, Chelah Horsdal, Aaron Pearl
  • Directors: Robert Lieberman
  • Producers: Mark Burg, Oren Koules, Carl Mazzocone, Marek Posival
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: E1Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003B3KPHQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,267 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Another edition to the 'torture porn' genre from the producers of the 'Saw' film series. Craig (Jesse Metcalfe) and Elise Landry (Erika Christensen) are content with family life but their world is turned upside down when their young son is kidnapped and brutally murdered. After the court trial, the killer, Kozlowski (Bill Moseley), is set to serve a prison sentence, but Craig and Elise do not think the punishment is severe enough. They decide to seek revenge in their own way, capturing and torturing Kozlowski in the same manner he did their son, but their harsh vengeance won't be without consequences.

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3.3 out of 5 stars

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By NELMES316 on 26 Oct. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
With the tag line "From the producers of the Saw" splashed all over the DVD front cover. It is clear that the makers of this film were trying to attract the torture porn crowd. I must admit to only watching this because I'm a big fan of Bill Moseley. But sadly yet again Moseley's acting talent is wasted. This had the pretence to be a really deep and meaningful psychological thriller. If it had a totally different cast that is. The story revolves around a couple whose young son is kidnapped and murdered by a paedophile (played by Moseley) and after a deal with the DA he subsequently gets a rather lenient prison sentence. So the couple come up with the plan to kidnap him and take revenge. After conveniently knowing when Moseley's character is being transferred from prison they easily get to him and take him off to a house in the woods for some torture. You are supposed to believe and feel the hurt and torment that the couple are going through after the murder of their son. I'm sorry but Jesse Metcalfe and his blinding white teeth just don't work for me. His acting is abysmal and at no time is he convincing. Erika Christensen does okay with her role as the grieving mother. But it never rises above TV series acting. Over syrupy flashbacks are laughable and sadly the set up for the shock twist ending is clear very early on and takes away any suspense from the film. But okay a torture porn film doesn't really need a believable plot. Yes it's true but the film never delivers on its promise of gore or torture. Most the film time is taken up with talk by the couple about all the horrible things they are going to do to their victim. But they never live up to the talk. Horror/thriller fans will be bored and torture porn fans will feel short changed. I'm just left with the feeling of what an awesome film this could have been.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kev Jones on 10 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD
What can I say ? Its a very missable offering - basic plot, and very unconvincing acting. I suspect was was made on a very limited budget. It`s from the producers of the `SAW` series, but I really dont think it comes anywhere near that genre, or indeed quality.
Just as well it was only a couple of quid.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By foxy morgan on 3 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD
i didnt enjoy or like this movie, it was a rip off of the french film 7 days which is amazing.. jesse metcalffe is wrong to be cast in this role,nothing special not terrible just not good..more a b rate type film
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. BROOKES on 29 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD
I was surprised with this little belter. A good little horror thriller with an odd but effective cast and a brilliant twist at the end.

The actors are an odd combo but they do well in this adrenaline fuelled thriller. Their son is kidnapped, tortured and killed. After the killer is sentenced only to 25 years the grieving parents kidnap him in prison transit and put him through what their son suffered. This is fuelled by their anger, grief, guilt and taste for revenge. The father is a doctor and this is a great way to almost control or justify the almost horrific torture acts.

This film is like bits of Saw, Cellular and ? All mixed in, but still remains with it's own identity. It reminded me very much of an American version of the French film 7 Days, which most people won't have seen.

To summarise, I enjoyed it but it is quite short and resolves a bit too quickly for it's own good, losing the power of the final twist. It is a success with the cast and budget it had but it is slightly dense and could have been brilliant with a bit more emotion, drama, acting and tension building.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Great Elmyra on 3 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
This film is so bad that I almost didn't bother to review it. Then, in a dream, I saw a vision of a world where people had all watched this film. The result was civilization crumbling like feta cheese. Once great nations were populated by wide-eyed, dribbling troglodytes. I awoke and thought that I had a DUTY to warn how dreadfully bad this film is.

First off - torture....ok...I guess it is horrifying if you like, but the oft used term "torture-porn" really does show that this kind of film is to horror what Eastenders is for thought-provoking, well-acted and intelligent television. Make of that what you will.

I blundered into this movie because the description sold it to me big time. Because, let's face it, if you're a parent reading this and somebody hurt or worse, killed YOUR child you wouldn't hesitate to tie them to a table and torture them, right?

Ok.

So we have a yawningly long period of "plot development" which if you don't fast forward through then you're a better person than me. Then we get to THE GOOD BITS and then it just goes downhill. I dunno, this is the first time I've seen this kind of film so it may be lost on me. But it just didn't horrify or even make me cringe. It was just stupid.

The thing that really annoyed me was that the two protagonists sway roles as being "the nasty one" and "the one with a glint of conscience". I was expecting the woman to go nuts and be the torturer and the man to rebel and then she turns on him because she actually enjoys it or something....but no. They just do-se-do between who is the aggressor and who the one with the flicker of humanity.
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