'Tortured' is a suspense crime thriller that was released Direct-to-DVD and has went unnoticed.
The movie is about an undercover FBI agent, Kevin Cole (Cole Hauser) who attempts to infiltrate a serious crime syndicate by joining them and gaining their trust. In order to gain the the trust, he must torture a hostage, Archie Green (Laurence Fishburne) and obtain information from him.
The movie has an interesting and appetising start, slowly progresses with the suspense and climaxes with a final twist.
The start was appealing as it sets up the ending and makes you look forward to it. The downside is the middle part, which is slow and uneven as it jumps back to the past every now and then showing how and when Hauser's character started the mission. This makes the suspense, which was a most of the time effective, weak.
I am a big fan of suspense thrillers and always relish the prospect of a shock twist. On watching the movie, I knew straight away that there was going to be a twist as the movie clearly indicates that as its primary priority. I must say this is what kept me interested. The twist was good but unbelievable and I sort of figured it out. Saying that, if you don't pick up on a few things, the twist will be shocking.
Also of mention are the torture scenes, that are graphic and gruesome. These scenes do grab your attention and at the same time may put off some viewers.
The other flaws are the cheap production values and the unconvincing performance by Fishburne.
Hauser and James Cromwell who plays his father in the movie, both produce fair performances. The direction provided by Nolan Lebovitz is strictly average as it's not composed at times.
Taking it's a Direct-to-DVD release with cheap production values, I had no expectations, however, it surprisingly turned out to be a watchable thriller.
It's worth a view.