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The Meat Grinder (2009)
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Buss
Rattanaballang Tohssawat ...
Attaphol (as Rattanabanrang Tosawat)
Wiradit Srimalai ...
Lek (as Weeradit Srimalai)
Atitaya Shindejanichakul ...
Aoi
Pimchanok Leuwisetpaiboon ...
Nida (as Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul)
Somlek Sakdikul ...
Proprietor (as Somchai Sakdikul)
Chaiyot Tushsanasuwan ...
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Shiny Khunthong ...
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Somchat Prachathai ...
Stepfather
Thanatorn Oudsahakul ...
Plainclothes Policeman
Jiratchaya Jirarajagit ...
Bua
Kittiphit Tamrongweenijchai ...
Inspector (as Kittiphit Tamrongweenitchai)
Archan Chaisuwan ...
Berm
Arachaporn Ngarmthed ...
Chart's Mother
Akradech Maneeploypech ...
Attaphol's Father
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Rather flawed but nicely grisly Thai shocker
4 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Buss is a disturbed lady who kills people and sometimes makes them into food. Meat Grinder is the story of how and why she came to this pretty pass, and where she goes. By all rights this should be a real winner, it has a workable story, reasonable pace and some entertaining gore and yet it actually comes out somewhat stodgy, dull in places. The trouble is mostly in the storytelling, fractured yet centred it draws shards of past and present in claustrophobic swirl about its lead, not really letting the story breath for itself or gather up a compelling sense of rhythm or flow. If the central performance were a bit better there might have been compelling emotional momentum but unfortunately Mai Charoenpura is fairly one note as Buss, cold and stressed out but not all that affecting. As a result the film is mostly interesting for the sake of various grisly moments, nothing we haven't seen before of course but some good stuff all the same, with a generally twisted edge that gives it that all important punch. Stylistic tics at times detract from affairs, like random switching between colour and black and white, but at least the nasty moments aren't spoiled by coke head edits, speedy cam or incomprehensible close ups, we still get to see the good stuff. What we don't see though is very much in the way of actual meat grinding, the title seems to have been put in place to catch the eye rather than for any great relevance to the films content. It's actually a sombre story of a woman's plight and what happens when she finally cracks, and though it follows a fairly predictable woe is the plight of the Asian woman trajectory, its still dark enough to be watchable. I'm probably making this one sound much less worthy than it is, certainly others have had stronger and more positive reactions. It does all just about hang together (aside from unexplained and irrelevant scenes involving rioters), it has some classy moments and the story works itself out in appropriately twisted fashion, but I was a bit nonplussed overall by it. Still semi worth a watch, but a good idea to suspend ones expectations and maybe have some booze or other viewing aids on hand to ease the passage. Fair 6/10 from me ('cause I'm a gorehound at heart).


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