4.5 out of 10
Release date: 1st April 2017 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Warren Dudley (The Cutting Room)
Cast: Lucy-Jane Quinlan and Patrick Bergin
Voice cast: Jake Unsworth, Sharon Drain and Andy Costello
Writer: Warren Dudley
This economy-class thriller has a secret weapon – a very, very strong and convincing performance by the only actress ‘seen’ in the film, Lucy-Jane Quinlan (THE BROMLEY BOYS). All else would have failed if they gotten a weaker, less committed young performer.
Phone sex-worker, Gracie agrees to meet a client called Peter (PATRICK BERGIN – PATRIOT GAMES). This is against her employers rules, but she is out of money and desperate. The next morning she awakes, a captive in a giant wooden cage, containing a bed, her mobile phone, food and a raging headache. The door is locked shut with a chain and padlock, and she appears to be too weak to smash her way out or try other methods we know. Her only instructions are to wait and all will be revealed as to why she is being held, and that she mustn’t contact the police. As the days wind onwards, she is put under pressure by a family emergency which she cannot attend to, and increasingly cryptic Peter to deal with.
There is a twist in the tale but then there always is in these types of thrillers. It’s terrifically naff, and not particularly convincing. However, it does present the viewer with something different. It’s a hard one to swallow. Thanks to the previously mentioned central performance, Cage just about sells its story to us and it holds its ground amongst earlier films that offered up a similar premise. It’s a shame there’s still one or two plot holes like – where’s her toilet? Why is she left with a mobile phone that can dial out? I thought it was quite clever how the captor kept her on a hook long enough, so as to get her too weak to break out, but most people we know would have tried harder, sooner to escape. I don’t care how much you needed the money.
4.5 out of 10 – Good low-budget attempt at kidnap thriller that capitalises on a great performance from its unknown lead, but flounders with a twist that nobody wanted and reeks of cop-out.
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Lucy-Jane Quinlan: The Bromley Boys, The Cutting Room
- Patrick Bergin: Free Fire, We Still Steal The Old Way, Age of Kill, Gallowwalkers, The Wee Man, Highway To Hell (2012), Strength and Honour, Ella Enchanted, Eye Of The Beholder, The Invisible Circus, Lawnmower Man 2, The Map Of The Human Heart, Patriot Games, Love Crimes, Robin Hood (1991), Highway To Hell, Mountains of the Moon
- Jake Unsworth: Eden Lodge