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House of 9 (2005)

Nine strangers, with no apparent connection between them are abducted: drugged, kidnapped and sealed in a house together.

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Steven R. Monroe

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Philippe Vidal (screenplay)
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Kelly Brook ... Lea
Dennis Hopper ... Father Duffy
Hippolyte Girardot ... Francis
Ashley Walters ... Al B (as Asher D)
Raffaello Degruttola ... Jay
Peter Capaldi ... Max Roy
Susie Amy ... Claire Leevy
Morven Christie ... Shona
Julienne Davis ... Cynthia
Jim Carter ... The Watcher (voice)
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Nine strangers - a priest; a dancer; a designer; an aspirant rapper; a former tennis pro; a woman on probation; an unsuccessful composer and his wife; and a detective - are randomly abducted, drugged and locked in a house by a wealthy maniac. They are informed through a public address system that there are seventy-five cameras following them, and only one will survive and win US$ 5,000,000.00 to keep quiet. The psychological game begins, with fear and greed affecting the participants. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Nine Strangers. One House. Only One Will Get Out... Alive.


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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 June 2005 (USA) See more »

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House of Nine See more »

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Romania See more »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Written by Ashley Walters
Performed by Ashley Walters (as Asher D)
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Fairly fun but inessential Cube/My Little Eye inspired horror thriller fodder.
20 December 2010 | by BloodwankSee all my reviews

So, nine strangers get kidnapped, stuck in a house and told that the one who gets out alive will receive 5 million dollars. Yep, it isn't the most original or dazzling of concepts, but strangely enough it just about manages to pull off its modest ambitions. Despite the off pacing and some shocking dialogue, things keep moving and really catch fire for a satisfying final block. Style is what holds this one together, director Steven R. Munroe has a great feel for the cold, impersonal setting, the camera roams gleaming corridors and clinically gazes at its mysteries, a sterile and uncomfortable feel neatly offset by the bumptious characters. He is just alright at the dramatic side of things though, like the actors he does his best with the script but he fails in enticing the right vivid performances out of all. Dennis Hopper has a bizarrely pacifying role as an Irish priest, wielding grizzled authority and a gentle wisdom he puts in a good show. Peter Capaldi is occasionally amusing but his role is underwritten and others mostly show their non-acting talents. However a welcome current of off kilter craziness comes from French actor Hippolyte Girardot, really relishing his part he plays it broad and brings great fun, a big bonus to the film. The only part that really didn't work for me was Asher D in a hideously written cliché of a no talent rapper character, he appears not to have any talent to begin with but I'm still surprised that he didn't tear up the script, given some of the bilious nonsense he has to utter. Generally speaking everyone works OK together, some sparks are there and the right gradual escalation of tensions, it's a nicely multi-national cast and though often soapy their behaviour is shot to stylish effect. It just isn't that interesting or exciting and the plot doesn't have enough movement in it to sustain the run time. For the most part the film follows a holding pattern, there isn't all that much going on and some of the decisions made are pretty dumb, it would have been better I think if the film got to the crunch earlier and then either spun out its shenanigans for longer or finished earlier. At least when things finally do explode they do so in fine fashion, bloody, tense and mean, the final 20 minutes or so is rather a blast and does a pretty decent job in making the audience forget earlier longueurs. It doesn't make up for everything, but still left me liking the film well enough at the end. I can't exactly recommend this one highly, but it is alright in my book, worth a watch if the plot intrigues but don't expect anything too impressive. 6/10 from me then…


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