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The Killing Room (2009)

Director:
Jonathan Liebesmann
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller/Horror
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Killing Room
RUNNING TIME
93 minutes
Producer:
Guymon Casady
Ross M. Dinerstein
Ben Forkner
Bobby Schwartz
Screenwriter:
Gus Krieger
Ann Peacock


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Paul Brodie Nick Cannon
Kerry Isalano Clea DuVall
Crawford Haines Timothy Hutton
Emily Reilly ChloŽ Sevigny
Dr. Phillips Peter Stormare Ĺ
Tony Mazzolla Shea Whigham

 

Review

With a little more imaginative and enthusiastic direction, this interesting and well-written situational chiller could have been a small-time classic within the genre. It has both the brains and the balls to affect both intellect and stomach, and although the initial premise looks a little too familiar (The Cube meets Saw), both the plot development and the underlying motivation is so interesting from a psychological point of view that even seasoned viewers will remain seated. The acting is fine too, Timothy Hutton looks great and seems more confident than he has done in a long time, and Nick Cannon does ever so well with his challenging part. For Peter Stormare and ChloŽ Sevigny, it's more vapid stuff, and their scenes together are also part of the movie's problem. These scenes - which function as the denoument of the mystery - lack panache and energy, with the result being a weakened sense of suspense rather than an increased. Unfortunate, because the finale is filled with a fine balance of relevance and paranoia.

 

Copyright © 27.10.2010 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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