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Whoever Dies, Dies in Pain (1998)

Quiconque meurt, meurt à douleur (original title)
A botched police raid on a crack house turns into a 36 hour long siege in which the junkies share their perspective to the cameraman of a reality program.

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The police force decides to raid a crack house in the Hochelaga/Maisonneuve district of Montreal. A SWAT team enters the premises followed by a cameraman filming for a reality TV show about police officers; they're confident that this is a routine operation and all the suspects will be arrested without trouble. To their surprise the junkies are equally as armed as they are and a shoot-out ensues. In the mayhem the police are forced to retreat quickly but the cameraman and two officers, one seriously wounded, are left behind and taken hostage. Back-up arrives, the building is completely surrounded and snipers are put into place. Negotiations are attempted in vain for the release of the hostages. During the next 36 hours, supplies for the junkies run low and pressure runs high. During that time they force the cameraman to record their version of things. Written by pr1mal_1

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Disturbing flick ...
18 November 1999 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews



What we got here ... is failure to communicate !!

This is certainly a disturbing movie. All shot inside the apartment of some junkies after a botched police raid. The SWAT team goes in expecting this will be an easy bust but they meet with a few junkies and crack heads armed with machine guns.

Pretty soon they have to back up leaving one cop wounded and another one taken hostage. The cameraman of a TV crew that was taping the bust for a local "trash TV show" is also trapped inside the apartment. So they begin to talk among themselves and their problems while the cops outside try to figure out a way to make them surrender and/or release the hostages.

Pretty interesting idea, especially having the cameraman shooting film inside the apartment the whole time. Hand held and very shaky camera of course but this suits this type of movie.

Lots of profanity (think they were trying for a world record !) and drug use as well. We get a glimpse into the life of a few of the characters. I would have liked for a little bit less of those repetitious "swearing, making speeches and shooting up" scenes and a little more character development, especially the character of Mado who is the most interesting for me (The actress playing her was also the best of the group, too bad we don't see more of her !)

The ending is also appropriate and believable although I would have liked some scenes of the cops outisde and how they were dealing with this big whole mess.

Good movie although a bit too repetitious in parts and certainly not for you if you are kind of squimmish (One character spends the whole film laying down on a couch, half awake or asleep as his mates shoot up drugs into his veins from time to time ... he provides some "comic relief" for them from time to time like when he soils his pants near the end of the film which makes them quite giggly !)

For those who appreciate "dark humor" ... to say the least !

3.5/5


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