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An upper-middle-class couple's life is destroyed when their only child is kidnapped and killed. Obsessed with revenge, the couple seizes an opportunity to kidnap the killer.

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Elise Landry
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Galligan
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John Kozlowski
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Detective Berger
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Man in condo
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Woman in Condo
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Younger Cop
Alfonso Quijada ...
Clerk
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Officer Alvarez
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Judge Stanley
Paul Herbert ...
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In Rutland Country, the six year-old Benjamin Michael Landry is kidnapped by a psychopath in the lawn of his house. His father Craig Landry unsuccessfully runs after the truck but the abductor escapes. Sooner the police discovers that John Kozlowski had abducted and killed Benjamin. When the criminal is sentenced to 25 years in prison only, Benjamin's mother Elise Landry presses her husband to kidnap John and torture him. Craig is a doctor and knows exactly how to inflict pain to the psychopath. They succeed to kidnap John from the prison transport, but Craig has an accident and John is hurt. The couple tortures the man until they find the truth about their victim. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for sadistic violence and torture, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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28 September 2012 (Norway)  »

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When the police officer searches the basement of the house for missing child, he shines his flashlight on some blood partially covered by a caged animal. When a second camera is used to continue the scene the blood is no longer covered, at all, by the cage. See more »

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Elise Landry: You think that hurt? It's going to get a lot worse tomorrow.
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Hush Little Baby
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Arranged by Jeff Rona & Nathan Fox
Performed by Jake Knox and The Boys
Silkscreen Music, ASCAP
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It's the audience that suffers.
17 September 2011 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Craig and Elise Landry (Jesse Metcalfe and Erika Christensen) have their world torn apart when John Kozlowski (Bill Moseley), a drooling psychopath with deep-seated parent issues and an unrivalled collection of disturbing curios in his basement, abducts and murders their six year old son. When the killer is caught and brought to trial, but only receives a 25 year jail sentence for his heinous crime, the distraught couple decide to take the law into their own hands and exact a far more fitting punishment.

The Tortured is, as the title suggests, yet another in the recent wave of horror films that have (un)popularly been dubbed 'torture porn'; however, rather than try to make the viewer turn away in disgust at gory atrocities inflicted upon innocent victims, as is usually the case with this sub-genre, the intention here is to appeal to the audience's most primal emotions, fulfilling a basic desire for sweet justice by depicting a twisted piece of human garbage on the receiving end of some serious pain and humiliation for a change.

This twist on an already well-worn theme might have worked if it wasn't for an unnecessary and totally unbelievable twist at the end which robs the viewer of any real satisfaction. Add the fact that the violence perpetrated is far from stomach churning (the gore is most unimpressive with the yuckiest scene turning out to be a dream) and the plot requires major suspension of disbelief (for example, one is expected to believe that, after a van has somersaulted off a bridge, sailed through the air, and crashed face-down onto some jagged rocks, those inside have all miraculously survived death), and what you have is a bland and instantly forgettable effort, another nail in the coffin for a horror trend that should have been buried long ago.


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