Down 15,535 this week

Sympathy (I) (2007)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.2/10 from 336 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 49 critic

When a reckless bank robber and his rebellious teenage hostage hole up for the night in a bad motel, anything can happen. A mysterious stranger and dark twists of fate send this night into ... See full summary »



0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video


IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 195 titles
created 30 Apr 2012
a list of 141 titles
created 13 Jun 2013
a list of 1528 titles
created 08 Aug 2013
a list of 2828 titles
created 20 Apr 2014
a list of 290 titles
created 4 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Sympathy" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Sympathy (2007)

Sympathy (2007) on IMDb 5.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sympathy.



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Red Ridge (2006)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Red Ridge chronicles the scandalous true events currently taking place in small towns along the Texas/Mexico border. Innocent young women are being kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery ... See full summary »

Director: Damian Skinner
Stars: Louis Herthum, Steven Chester Prince, Robert Prentiss
Cargo 200 (2007)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young woman is taken hostage by a police officer and subsequently abused by the lawman gone mad.

Director: Aleksey Balabanov
Stars: Agniya Kuznetsova, Aleksey Poluyan, Leonid Gromov
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An original documentary which follows three families in a small seaside town in Massachusetts as they prepare for their annual home made haunted houses. This story highlights their long ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Stephenson
Stars: Matthew Brodeur, Victor Bariteau, Manny Souza
Santa Claws (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  

A B-horror movie actress is stalked by a deranged fan bent on claiming her for himself.

Director: John A. Russo
Stars: Debbie Rochon, Grant Cramer, John Mowod
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A femme fatale fashionista at a trendy design school embarks on a brutal and bloody killing spree, while gleefully evading the hapless cops assigned to the murder cases.

Director: Miguel Martí
Stars: Macarena Gómez, Alejo Sauras, César Camino
Nine Dead (2010)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Communication is the key for the survival of nine strangers who have been kidnapped by a masked gunman and told that one of them will die every ten minutes until they discover why they are ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Shadley
Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, William Lee Scott, John Terry
The Baker (2007)
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A hit man has second thoughts about his career and seeks refuge from his boss by finding work as a baker in a rural Welsh village.

Director: Gareth Lewis
Stars: Damian Lewis, Kate Ashfield, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Manhunt (2008)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

The summer of 1974, four young people are all ambushed and left unconscious. They wake up deep in the woods with no one around but the sound of a hunting horn.

Director: Patrik Syversen
Stars: Henriette Bruusgaard, Jørn Bjørn Fuller Gee, Lasse Valdal
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

German ornithologist rents old Villa, in which supposedly has many years no one lived. Walking around the neighborhood, he finds a crumpled foil. Purging them and after listening, he learns... See full summary »

Director: Sauro Scavolini
Stars: Peter Lee Lawrence, Erika Blanc, Ezio Marano
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Director: Cesare Canevari
Stars: Marc Porel, Sonia Otero, Fulvio Ricciardi
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Family vacationing in the mountains is terrorized by local wackos.

Director: Mitchell Linden
Stars: Pons Maar, Jennifer Darling, Matthew Borlenghi
Blood Link (1982)
Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A man who has been having psychic visions of himself killing naked women soon discovers that it's not himself he's seeing, it's his Siamese twin. (yes, they've been separated) So he travels... See full summary »

Director: Alberto De Martino
Stars: Michael Moriarty, Penelope Milford, Geraldine Fitzgerald


Cast overview:
Aaron Boucher ...
Steven Pritchard ...


When a reckless bank robber and his rebellious teenage hostage hole up for the night in a bad motel, anything can happen. A mysterious stranger and dark twists of fate send this night into a descent of bloody madness in this deadly game of cat and mouse where nothing is what it seems. Lock yourself in for this claustrophobic tale that is equal parts classic suspense thriller and grindhouse horror. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


In a bad motel, in the middle of nowhere... See more »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




Release Date:

13 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Motel  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


The filming was so secluded, intense, and laborious that the last 20 minutes were shot with only the director and three cast members present. When off-screen the cast operated the boom mic and assisted with the camera work. See more »


Trip: So grab your gun shot car thief and hop in your stolen automobile and live happily ever after. Or you could just grab your wanted bank robber and hit the road. Either way, I don't think you're gonna get very far.
See more »


References Barton Fink (1991) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Intense low budget greatness
10 September 2010 | by (Oakville, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Note to all you first time filmmakers that embark on the journey of making a low budget horror or thriller film – 'Keep it Simple'.

If only more directors without much funding would take this to heed we would get more films like Long Pigs and Sympathy and less like The Landlord and Dead Noon.

This was not lost on director Andrew Moorman who took a smart thriller by writer Arik Martin and turned it into a very competent and highly entertaining film called Sympathy.

The beauty of the film is in its simplicity. The story has but three characters and all takes place in a motel room. That is where a suggested bank robber named Tripp (Steven Pritchard) brings his hostage Sara (Marina Shtelen) and handcuffs her to the bed. While trying to formulate an escape plan, Tripp's getaway is interrupted by Dennis (Aaron Boucher), an escaped convict who coincidentally end up in the same room with multiple agendas.

In a film style that clearly pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock and Brain DePalma, the three characters will spend an evening revealing depths of their personalities while setting in motion an intense cat-and-mouse game convoluted with bulging egos and personal motivations.

To further obstruct a clean getaway, characters will be shot, stabbed and emotionally tormented as the story unfolds revealing characters that are not whom they appear to be. The final chapters will include a blood soaked ending that will remind you of an early Tarantino work and a satisfying end to an evening's odyssey.

Kudos to director Andrew Moorman for not trying to squeeze more out of the intelligent script than what was pressed onto the straight to DVD release. His directing was able to hide from this seasoned reviewer a reveal that I didn't see coming (granted it wasn't M. Night-ish, but it still generated a 'wow' response).

When producing a movie with one setting and limited characters, it is important to have strong acting to accompany the script pages or all is lost. Pritchard, Shtelen and Boucher put on believable performances even if the acting is at times uneven. Shtelen in particular starts off weak, but by the end of the film, she plays the role of Sara with a seasoned confidence.

Revealing any specifics would be an injustice to anyone who follows this review with a screening, but as low budget, independent films go, this one ranks in the top tier.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Motel Films -- Sympathy in Reviews for 1408, Bug, Vacancy sailor_ripley_001
more info ali__
DVD? destro72
When/Where Can I See Sympathy? sailor_ripley_001
AMAZING FILM! danielromanrojas
Discuss Sympathy (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page