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4.0 out of 5 stars
Pleasantly Surprised, 1 Oct 2011
I bought this film on a bit of a whim. Usually I'd try to learn more about a film before I buy it, but seeing the names associated with it I thought I'd give it a go.
I ended up really enjoying it! What starts as a pretty generic horror/torture porn cliché, quickly develops into something deeper and multi-layered. I'm not claiming that this is the first of its kind, but it certainly stood out for me as something a little more interesting than most horrors these days. Some have said that the "Revenge" theme has been overdone, and that we're now too familiar with the "to kill the monster you must become a monster yourself" ideology. Possibly true, but I'm still more than happy to go along with it for the time being.
It's pretty rough throughout and some might find the relentless horror/violence too much. There are definitely a couple of moments that had me wincing and curling up into a little ball (look out for the scene in the doctor's surgery) but on the whole I feel like the violence and sexual aggression was in keeping with the films dark themes.
I wouldn't say it's for everyone, but I liked it!