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While traveling across country with her fiancé, Beth wakes alone in an isolated clinic to a mother's worst nightmare. Just how far will she go to save her child?

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On Christmas Eve 1979, Cameron and his pregnant fiancée Beth are traveling through the Outback of Australia to spend Christmas with Beth's parents. In the evening, Cameron is thrown off road by a reckless driver and the couple decides to stay in a low-budget hotel in the small town of Montgomery. Late at night, Cameron is hungry and cannot sleep, so he decides to look for a restaurant. He leaves a message for Beth, but the Chinese Sky Dragon is closed and his car runs out of gas. When he returns to his room, Beth is missing and he calls the police. Cameron accuses the cynical and unhelpful hotel receptionist, Marv, but the police office does not believe him. He is arrested when he tries to hit the receptionist but while in the police car, he gets Underwood's gun and takes control of the situation. Meanwhile, Beth awakes in a bathtub full of ice and with a C-section. She seeks out her baby and finds four other women in the same situation. Soon they discover that somebody has stolen ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Tabrett Bethell and Andy Whitfield were stars of the TV shows "Legend of the Seeker" and "Spartacus: Blood and Sand", produced by Robert G. Tapert and Sam Raimi. See more »

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The Chinese restaurant visited shows an 8-digit telephone number for the business. Australian phone numbers were made up of 7-digits until 1995. See more »

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Officer Underwood: Went to the Sky Dragon, came back, fiancée's gone.
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The hell of motherhood
4 June 2012 | by (US) – See all my reviews

A couple drives around deserted roads in Australia when they are driven off the road by some old ambulance. They end up in a motel. At night the husband goes off to get something to eat. When he returns, his pregnant wife is missing. The cop and the motel attendant are a bunch of creeps. The cop ends up arresting the husband. While in the cop car he takes the cop's gun and the car and goes in search of his wife.

Meanwhile the woman wakes up in a bathtub full of ice. Her lower abdomen is sutured. They have taken her baby via cesarean. She meets other women in the same condition, they all dressed like inmates with a number. "The Clinic" they find themselves in is a cow farm with some buildings that look like a factory. But they realize that someone is after them. Someone is killing them one by one. At some point they find the babies. They are color coded in cages. No one knows whose baby belongs to whom. Inside the mother's wombs are corresponding colored tags. That's the only way to identify the baby, by cutting the mother open, and indeed the killer does just that.

But there are other people as well. A couple looking at all this via cameras. And there is some mentally disabled guy who disposes of the mess left behind by the athletic killer.

Eventually our girl confronts the bad guys and finds out what the clinic is all about. It's a clever idea that involves a contest to determine which mother is the fittest and that way baby is stronger. There is also a twist near the end.

The Clinic has a lot going for it. The lead actress, Tabrett Bethell, is one of the most beautiful actresses I've seen in a while. Poor Andy Whitfield gets a rather thankless role. The idea is great. One has to remember, as we are told at the beginning, that the story takes place before DNA testing was developed, otherwise it all seems pretty silly. In fact, one has to see this movie till the very end for the logic to work out. Though, not all questions are resolved. Still, The Clinic is a unique and interesting movie. The end proves particularly satisfying. Ordinarily, I'm not a fan of movies that don't give us a lot to work with until the end, but The Clinic gives us plenty to forgive some of the duller moments in the middle.


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