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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
Honestly never laughed so much in my life! This film is just hilarious.. Danny Dyers character makes the film.. You need to see it to believe just how unbelieveably funny it is.. It is somewhat "daft" But thats what makes it great.. Im not usually a fan of comedy horrors but you just need to watch this! Guaranteed laugh out loud film! Xo
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3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy
Black as pitch; this mid-noughties offering from director Christopher Smith involves a group of dysfunctional employees of Pallisade weapons manufacturers, who are sent to a remote forest in Hungary on a team-building weekend. Led by oily loser Tim McInnerney, the team soon realise that they are being hunted and their pursuers are using the very weapons that they are...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!, 2 May 2011
This review is from: Severance [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Honestly never laughed so much in my life! This film is just hilarious.. Danny Dyers character makes the film.. You need to see it to believe just how unbelieveably funny it is.. It is somewhat "daft" But thats what makes it great.. Im not usually a fan of comedy horrors but you just need to watch this! Guaranteed laugh out loud film! Xo
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all!, 18 Dec 2006
This review is from: Severance [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
The plot is nice and simple. A (predominantly English) sales division working for a multinational weapons corporation are sent on a team building exercise in Hungary only to find themselves stuck in a dense forest where they are being hunted by a merciless European gang.

While Severance doesn't do anything particularly wrong, there are of course a couple of faults. Any work environment has to have some pretty unlikeable characters so it's unavoidable to feel less sorry for some when the killings start. Toby Stephens is undoubtedly one of the finest actors around, but he's yet to play a role in a successful film that really does him justice. Utterly capable and ever reliable Tim McInnerny (of legendary Blackadder fame) is amiable enough, but it's Danny Dyer that gets most of the punchy one-liners as the part-druggie, part-chav cheeky chappie he's grown accustomed to playing. Thankfully, cute Laura Harris hasn't been cast as the 'is she or isn't she the villain all along?' as it's really time she ditched that and moved on.

The two distinct genres don't always make for a happy marriage and eventually the tone shifts over to deadpan. At least one line is stolen from elsewhere but there's a couple of shots that felt like homages rather than plagiarism. There's more than enough laughs and nasty moments to fill both audience preferences. The fast pace means Severance doesn't risk outstaying a welcome, the special effects team did a great job and the camera work is suitably snappy. The only real risk is hype as anyone expecting anything other than a night out with a few grim moments and some genuine belly laughs will leave wondering what the fuss is about. Try to avoid thinking about where these guys took their inspiration from too as that wouldn't do anyone any good either. A solid 3 star experience that hopefully has some extra bits come home-entertainment time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy, 7 Feb 2009
This review is from: Severance [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Black as pitch; this mid-noughties offering from director Christopher Smith involves a group of dysfunctional employees of Pallisade weapons manufacturers, who are sent to a remote forest in Hungary on a team-building weekend. Led by oily loser Tim McInnerney, the team soon realise that they are being hunted and their pursuers are using the very weapons that they are employed to sell. Toby Stephens is well-cast as the arrogant Harris; the execrable Danny Dyer plays oversexed drug-user Steve and an assortment of C-listers make up the ensemble cast.

The film treads an awkward line between comedy and horror - like Shaun of the Dead it occasionally melds the two genres successfully, but unlike Simon Pegg's modern classic it misses the target more than it hits it. McInnerney is as good as ever; Dyer is as obnoxious as ever, and the rest of the cast are merely `cannon-fodder'. It is hard to like any of the cast and difficult to feel any pathos as they are gradually slaughtered. The film does have a couple of great moments - such as when the team discover that they are eating a pie containing human flesh, or when McInnerney attempts to bully the Hungarian coach driver and is subsequently humiliated. Other than that it is pretty ordinary.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure entertainment, 6 Dec 2006
This review is from: Severance [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
I recently invested in an unlimited pass for the cinema and have since tried to see as many films as possible. I can safly say that this is one of the best so far next to Scorcese's "The Departed".

Good performances all round, a good script and overall good pacing make this film never boring. It may be a tad predictable in the 'whos gonna die next' kinda way and the romantic subplot, but the fun is in seeing how it unravels. There are some genuinely funny moments which contrast nicly with some truely horrific ones. It is also very aware that it is a horror film underneath the comedy but nicely bypasses the pitfalls that so many horror films fall into.

The adverts claimed it was 'the best horror comedy since Shaun of the Dead' and there is certainly no lie there. Some people may even prefer this.

Great film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!!, 28 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Severance [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
This is a fantastic horror film with lots of comedy thrown in. Its is very gory at times, but this all adds to the fantastic scary storyline. I rented the film to watch and then had to rush out to buy it to add it to my collection. This is a must see movie for any true comedy or horror fan. One of the best films to come out in recent years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 4 Sep 2013
This review is from: Severance [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Just finished this, and I didn't expect it to be a comedy, I expected it to be violent like Football Factory, only because of Danny Dyer. But it's hilarious and got violent and gory moments. I don't see how anyone can not like this film, it's comedy genius. Danny Dyer is by far the main reason to watch this and makes the movie as hilarious as it can be. I recommend this to any horror and comedy fan, but more Comedy because even though it seems like a horror/thriller, I see it more as a comedy. Definitely a must have for your collection!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you go down to the woods today, 11 Sep 2008
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This review is from: Severance [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Poor Captain Darling. He really should have stuck with Blackadder. Heading off on a management weekend with a druggie, a blueblood, a chap who's so anally retentive he almost packs the kitchen sink and a couple of other characters, all his good intentions go to pot as people start dying in suitably unpleasant ways. What fun it is too. Girls ripping their bras off in order to escape from the pit, badly made SAM missiles removing an unfortunate passenger liner and a girl who knows that you should always make sure the bad guys are actually dead. You don't just knock them over, you pick up the largest rock you can and make quite sure of it. I want her on my team. If you like your dismembered body parts served up with a hefty dose of humour this is the film for you. And if you're invited on a team building exercise to Hungary, forget your toothbrush - pack the Uzi.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars severance package, 2 Dec 2006
This review is from: Severance [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
the staff of an arms company are taken in deepest eastern europe as part of one of those dreaded 'bonding exercises. things start to turn nasty as they (and their driver) are picked off one by one.

since the movie i watched prior to this was 'house of the dead 2' (don't do it people), an improvement was a given. billed as 'deliverance meets the office' that turns out to be a misnomer as time and plot restrictions mean that a character study is abandoned and we get thumbnail characters instead; the wide boy, the yes man, the oxbridge type and the the humanitarian. having said that, there are some very funny moments delivered as these guys interact. the film has its tongue firmly in its cheek, though it goes slighly more direct when the company owner tries out a prototype while 'the star spangled banner' plays'. it also has enough bizarre/ funny moments to keep things ticking over nicely; the tripped-out wide boy being lead through the woods on a string and the oxbridge guy's final moments to name two.

since its a slasher movie at heart there is a 'by the numbers' feel in that you can guess who's up for the chop/ shotgun blast etc, and when too. (come on it's not a spoiler - you know oxbridge is gonna die from the off, and if you're honest you'll admit you can't wait.) however it is an enjoyable film that doesn't take itself too seriously while scoring some points off its targets. something to make you dread those company outings even more than usual.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, 30 April 2007
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This review is from: Severance [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Low budget, stereotype characters, weird mix of odd humour and the sinister - it's a great film! You can't take it seriously but it does entertain. It worked for me and I loved it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You shall be Entertained!, 4 Jan 2010
This review is from: Severance [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
An all-round stimulating thrill ride: gore, thrills, suspense, "whodunnit", laughs and fine acting from all the cast. A rare movie that actually manages to keep its audience interested throughout its duration. You really can't blink or you may miss a laugh or scare!
A solid popcorn flick, best watched late at night, lights down.
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