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Pointless - nothing on 'A Serbian Film'
Firstly, I feel somewhat ashamed to say that I actually watched this the whole way through, but I, like many others, felt I needed to see what all the fuss was about.
It wasn't about much. The film has no point to it in the way of content. Sure, it's a gross concept (and I have no idea how they got the budget to do it - how would you propose this to potential investors??) but in more of a toe-curl and grimace kind of way rather than a permanently disturbing, vomit-worthy kind of way. Although I have not seen 'A Serbian Film', my partner assures me that 'Human Centipede 2' doesn't even come close to matching it in both storyline and shock value.
The film also has multiple plot errors such as the fact that a security guard in Britain would not be allowed to carry arms. Also, Martin would have been found out way before all of this due to the fact that he would have to have been sharing his shifts, meaning someone else would have noticed either the blood stains on the wall or the fact that he was a really sick bastard.
The acting throughout the film is pretty terrible, excluding Laurence R. Harvey who played the part of mentally ill sadist Martin particularly well. The victims however weren't great, but then again, you wouldn't expect commendable actors to appear in such a film.
The reason I have given the film two stars is because of the cinematography, which is interesting and without which would have left the film unworthy being called anything other than 'hardcore torture pornography'.
Also, I am thankful to Tom Six for releasing this in black and white. I feel that it helped to take the edge off the gore which was, as I understand, his aim. Plus, it was one of the best black and white films I've seen due to the use of contrast.
Other than that, there really is nothing appealing about this film, and I found the ending particularly disappointing. It just seemed as though Six added it as a last effort to give this dull and twisted film a point or to leave the yawning, slightly ill-feeling audience with something to think about.