Control (2004)

R  |   |  Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  31 March 2005 (Portugal)
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A sociopath on death row is given a chance to live if he agrees to take part in a chemical behavioral modification program.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Arlo Penner
Barbara Copeland
Eden Ross
Bill Caputo
Mark Pickard ...
Gary Caputo
Glenn Wrage ...
Mark Letheren ...
Anthony Warren ...
Mac McDonald ...


Lee Ray Oliver grew up from abused kid to sociopath, inevitably condemned to death, but wakes up in the morgue after the 'lethal' injection. Dr. Michael Copeland offers him a choice: the real killer drug or 'volunteering' as life-long test person for his pharmaceutic experiment, Anagress, meant to suppress violent tendencies but side-effects unknown. After vicious escape attempts, Lee Ray finally develops genuine remorse and tries to make-up with Gary Caputo, who Lee shot in the head, leaving him mentally a child. Brother Bill Caputo's hate for ruining both of their lives is however redoubled, with tragic consequences. Written by KGF Vissers

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Some convicts aren't worth rehabilitating. See more »


Crime | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 March 2005 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Asesino  »

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$6,800,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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One tattoo in the opening credits shows the name "Karsen". This is the name of Ray Liotta' s child in real life. See more »


[first lines]
Warden: In the power of the state I am hereby authorized put you, Lee Ray Oliver, to death by lethal injection. Is there anything you'd like to say?
Lee Ray Oliver: Fuck you! Fuck every last one of you!
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wasted story
26 December 2004 | by (Munich, Germany) – See all my reviews

i've been waiting for this movie for almost one and a half years now. as an admirer of ray liotta i have been searching the web weekly for new information, and when i saw the possibility to purchase it by a Scandinavian DVD online store, i almost freaked out.

so i finally saw it yesterday evening. luckily i saw the weak action filled trailer recently and did not expect too much. i truly enjoyed the first 30 minutes, following the convicts (liotta) fake death and his introduction to the doctors medical experience program. the beginning creates a very creepy atmosphere, liotta and dafoe play awesome as they always do (despite the boring lighting there are some great close ups of them) and the quick story telling made me hope for a decent thriller like narc or phoenix.

but then the movie turns simply into the wrong direction. the ultimate killer gets unleashed to society after changing to a normal person suddenly. the story focuses on his regrets of his past and his love to theresa (rodriguez), giving the horrible b-movie cast more screen time.

the ending is simply not satisfying and leaves you begging for more. what could have been a deeply psychological thriller which deals about the unique of a mans mind or the value of human live turns out to a everyday thriller.

because of my hero and the terrific beginning i gave it a 7 out of 10, which is more than it deserves

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