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Sympathy (I) (2007)

 -  Drama | Horror | Mystery  -  13 April 2007 (USA)
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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 »



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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

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Another example of how digital filmmaking has changed the way movies are made: the visual effects artist for the film volunteered his efforts via a posting on the internet and received all the digital clips from an FTP site. He applied the effects in a matter of days and would then return them, where they were re-inserted in the final edit, and burned to DVD. This person has never met the cast and crew and only spoke with the director once over the phone. See more »


Dennis: I've been choking on my own blood my whole life, to the point where I can't stand the taste. But I wonder how it tastes to someone else, someone as sick as me.
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A Very Special Night At The Movies!
4 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently attended a very special night at the movies. In Yellow Springs, Ohio the director of this film returned to his hometown to present it to one of the more enthusiastic crowds I've ever been a part of at a movie theater. Some were there to support the filmmaker, others had heard about it through the local press the film and its director had received, and it seemed some just stumbled off the street, caught by the image of this girl on the poster. Regardless of how we all got there, much like the characters in SYMPATHY, I don't think any of us had any clue what we were getting ourselves into! This film is... Wow! I don't know how else to describe it. Taking place all in one room the premise sounded a little arduous to sit through, but the movie never leaves you bored in any capacity. In fact, I still have claw marks on my arm where my wife gripped me most of the night. While I don't consider myself a critic or anything more than your typical and occasional movie goer, I do think this film was masterfully directed by its young director. After the film he spoke with such insight, enthusiasm, and charm it seems no mystery that it would end up like this, but based on what he said it wasn't an easy battle to get there by any means. That being said, I applaud all the artists behind this film for whatever they went through was worth every minute. They've created a film that I'll never forget. The cast was especially incredible for what the director described as 'first-timers.' The bankrobber added the needed levity to the film, the girl was unbelievable as images of her covered in blood will not soon leave me, but the standout performance for me was the escaped convict, Dennis. I hope to never run into this guy in a dark alley as his psychotic nature and portrayal of a true psychopath was the most convincing I've seen since Hannibal lector. Also to mention his finale, which I won't give away, was so riveting I think it deserves whatever awards they give out for such an act. My wife said she couldn't take her eyes off the screen, but she had to look away, that seems like a good combination for this genre. All and all I sincerely hope this film makes it to theaters across the country so they can experience what we did that night - a night at the movies we weren't expecting, and we'll never forget. The director had mentioned in one news article that he used to attend this theater because they played the types of alternative films that transported him to a different time and place and made him realize what a movie was capable of doing. Kudos Mr. Moorman, you've now done that thing you once admired to us. Amazing work everyone, can't wait for the next one!

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