A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience.
The photographer Leon lives with his girlfriend and waitress Maya waiting for a chance to get in the photo business. When Maya contacts their friend Jurgis, he schedules a meeting for Leon with the successful owner of arts gallery Susan Hoff; she analyzes Leon's work and asks him to improve the quality of his photos. During the night, the upset Leon decides to wander on the streets taking pictures with his camera, and he follows three punks down to the subway station; when the gang attacks a young woman, Leon defends her and the guys move on. On the next morning, Leon discovers that the woman is missing. He goes to the police station, but Detective Lynn Hadley does not give much attention to him and discredits his statement. Leon becomes obsessed to find what happened with the stranger and he watches the subway station. When he sees the elegant butcher Mahogany in the train, Leon believes he might be a murderer and stalks him everywhere, in the beginning of his journey to the darkness. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I watched this movie expecting very little and I am pleased to say that I was pleasantly surprised. This is a well written film that uses tension effectively. The set is dark and atmospheric and the plot engages with unexpected angles. The characterisation is particularly good. Vinnie Jones excels as a mysterious psychopathic figure without any dialogue. Cooper is also good as the curious photographer seeking the perfect shot. You become involved with Cooper's journey and although his character is not likable, he is interesting. The film is a complete gore-fest although in a chillingly cold way. The violence lacks the passion of Hostel but this only heightens the effect. The three marks missing from my rating are purely because of the extremely poor ending. I will be disappointed at Barker if this is how he finished his story as it is much more fitting of Stephen King and his inability to write a decent finish. Definitely worth a watch though!
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