Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Review: Vile (2011)

IMDB rate: 5,0
Genre: Torture

The torture genre is quite popular the last few years, and it definitely brought a few good movies along. Think of masterpieces like Martyrs or American Mary, both amazing horror movies that I like a lot. Unfortunately, when something is becoming a hype you might expect a lot of bad movies as well. I think Vile definitely belongs to the latter one.

A group of friends stop to pick up a hitchhiking woman only to end up getting drugged by her with a gas. They awaken to find that vials have been implanted in the base of their skulls - which are of course instantly fatal if they are removed, a grinning professional looking woman informs them on TV screens that they have 22 hours to fill these vials with a specific amount of brain fluid, a fluid that is produced during times of extreme pain. Along with another group of unlucky test subjects and with time ticking away they decide to work together and share the burden of reaching their painful target.

I think the makers of this movie wanted to create something similar like Saw, only they fail terribly at that. It's a bit like the second Saw movie, only everything that's happening is terrible. I think it only reminds me of Saw 2 because there are people locked in a house and they have to do suffer to get something. Now, Saw 2 is not a very good movie but it is definitely a lot better if you compare it to the movie Vile. 

First of all, the acting is horrible. From start to finish, I wasn't convinced for one second by any of them. And well, the movie is about 8/9 people so I wouldn't say that there are not a whole lot of chances to impress, right? Another thing that I was so annoyed about was the sound-mixing of this movie. Because there's a whole lot of torturing going on you might expect a few screams but damn, the sound was mixed so badly that you had to turn to volume way down to not go deaf, and turn it way up again to hear them speak. The choice for background music was terrible too. It was terribly unfitting for the scenes and just seemed kinda random. Perhaps they wanted to create an ironic atmosphere when they played classic music during terrible torturing, but really, it was just one big fail. 

This movie is pretty much filled with plot holes. For example, they obviously needed to create adrenaline for the people who locked them up, that's what's you get when you're in great pain. But you can also produce adrenaline by having sex. There are at least two couples there and they rather try the torture way than the sex way. I'm sorry, but that's kinda messed up since they could've been having a great time while in that house. They really just messed it up for themselves. 
Also, what's the point of trying a new torture method for each person? Why not go with the same one each time? Sure, I get it in the sense of moviemaking, but not in a logical sense. These people want to get it over with and not think of new methods each time I think. 

Of course there is one bitch in this house that is making ignorant comments and is just a pain in the ass to everybody. As you can imagine, I was very glad that the characters thought the same way about her as I did, so they knocked her out pretty fast. Also, when she went too far with being annoying, they tortured her greatly, and I think this might've been the most beautiful moment in this entire movie. But unfortunately, it was also the only good moment. 

The ending was very predictable and just stupid. They walk out of the house but of course this is not where it ends, since one of the people captured is also one of the people who does this to them. Saw 2 much? When that moment is finally over I don't really get why the guy didn't go back for his girlfriend or at least contacted the police or something. It really was a messy and illogical ending. 

Vile is just a terrible movie that's filled with plot holes. It just tries too hard to create something original. It's illogical and predictable, and by the end of the movie you actually just don't care what will happen next. It's brutal on some points, but when something finally happens they often let it to your imagination to figure out what's happening. The only thing that you saw each time was when a fingernail was pulled, well great job for pulling a fake fingernail of that actors finger, those are just not the effects you're waiting for. 

My personal rate: 3/10

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