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Control (2004)

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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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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Old habits die hard... See more »

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Crime | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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

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31 March 2005 (Portugal)  »

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$6,800,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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[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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So-so escapism for the action/drama junkie
22 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Control" is a mediocre drama which tells of a violent killer (Liotta) who undergoes a mock execution only to find himself as a test subject for a new drug developed for controlling violent behavior. Liotta is at the vortex of this film with Dafoe as his experiment supervisor, Walker as Dafoe's ex, Robertson as Dafoe's post-doc helper/lover, Rodriguez as Liotta's girlfriend, and Rea in a bit part as the director of the pharmaceutical company. As the film unfolds, it dips and delves into a little action, a tiny bit of romance, a lot of less than subtle drama, and some side plots which never go anywhere. Overall, "Control" is average escapist entertainment for the action/drama junkie which should play best with Liotta and Dafoe fans. (B-)


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