Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The Tortured (2010)
The Tortured is the most superficial and soulless film I've seen this year. If torture porn was a real thing (I don't consider it to be a true sub-genre), this would probably be the definition of it. There is no justification for any of our character's actions and every single one taken within the story is hollow and again, without purpose. Not too mention it has some of the worst acting I've seen in a genre film, starring two washed up actors who made their name in teen flicks.
Elise and Craig (Erika Christensen and Jesse Metcalfe respectively) are two grieving parents. They've come to find out that their son, who had been abducted from their front yard, was sexually assaulted and murdered by a dirty old man driving around town in a beat-up van. Not much is known about him except that he's dirty, creepy, and drives around in said van. The child killer is played by non other than genre vet Bill Moseley who's quickly become a parody of himself. It's like someone gave him a stack of 100's, pointed a camera in his face, and said 'OK Bill, now act creepy.'
So mom and dad can't handle the death of their only child but instead of letting the justice system do it's thing they decide to take matters into their own hands. They hatch a plot to intercept the killer's prison transport and overtake it. Mom and dad suddenly turn from grieving parents into expert hijackers. They disable the transport and incapacitate the two armed guards and extract our child killer.
The whole of the rest of the film is mom and dad torturing this guy in a house out in the woods. It just so happens that mom does some real estate dealings on the side and she was able to score this perfectly secluded home, perfect for taking someone into it's basement, tying them up to a gurney, and torturing the shit out of them for days on end.
This film is exhausting and not in a good way. It's slow and plodding. While mom and dad's grief should resonate with the viewer it comes across as both contrived and insincere. This film serves one purpose and one purpose only: to shock. But the only thing that is shocking is that A) this film was produced in the first place and B) IFC thought it was a good idea to pick it up for distribution. I'm going to call a mulligan on this one guys.
If 'torture porn' is your thing, this might be up your alley. But fair warning, the acting is horrid and even the torture aspect you've seen ten times over in other films. This is the most pointless and worthless film watching experience I've had this year.
Cortez the Killer