Opening this week in theatres from director Robert Lieberman, writer Marek Posival and Twisted Pictures comes a tale of what happens to “The Tortured”.
This film tells the story of Elise (Erika Christensen) and Craig Landry (Jesse Metcalfe), an average married couple working hard to have a good life. Along with their young son Ben (Thomas Greenwood), the family is rolling right along.
As Elise goes off to work one day, Craig is left to watch their child. Needing to go indoors for a single moment to retrieve suntan lotion, the boy is taken right out of the yard.
By the time the police find the kidnapper John Kozlowski (Bill Moseley), young Ben is gone. The Elise and Craig are beside themselves with grief as it begins to take over their lives. Both parents decide there is only one way to make their lives better – to get their son’s killer and pour their grief on him.
What happens next is every parents dream or nightmare – depending on how far you will go!
FINAL WORD: Christensen as young mother Elise is serious and seriously depressed. Yes, it is understandable but this character goes where most parents of a tragedy such as this only dream of going. It is fascinating to watch Christensen work the character when the question of conscience comes into play.
Metcalfe is playing quite the grown up role as Dad Craig. From the moment the plan is conceived there isn’t any doubt in his mind that what they are doing will save them from the pain. Again, watching Metcalfe battle the demons of conscience is interesting.
Moseley as Kozlowski is obviously a serial killer with no clue as to what his victims feel. I can tell you from the film that Moseley’s ability to show agony is pretty hard to watch in moments. That being said it is a sign of an actor who throws himself deeply into a role to make me turn my head from the screen!
Other cast include: Bill Lippincott as Galligan, Fulvio Cecere as Detective Berger, Viv Leacock as Officer Patterson, Darryl Scheelar as Officer Alvarez and Peter Abrams as Judge Stanley.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “The Tortured” three tubs of popcorn out of five. There is no doubt this is a gritty film and in some scenes very difficult to take but at the same time there is something riveting about the characters.
There is no way to hide behind anything this film has to offer. From the hardcore music to its even harder core scenes – it doesn’t try to hide the darker side of what a parent could be capable of doing with the loss of a child in such a horrific way.
There are moments where the film seems to want to take one direction but stays the course. The connection between Christensen and Metcalfe is there but there is a disconnect during crucial moments. Of course all of this could truly happen in a real life event – who knows, more importantly, who wants to know.
In the end – how far would you go?