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Severance (2006)

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During a team-building retreat in the mountains a group of sales representatives are hunted down one by one.

Director:

Christopher Smith

Writers:

James Moran (screenplay), Christopher Smith (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toby Stephens ... Harris
Claudie Blakley ... Jill
Andy Nyman ... Gordon
Babou Ceesay ... Billy
Tim McInnerny ... Richard
Laura Harris ... Maggie
Danny Dyer ... Steve
David Gilliam ... George
Julianna Drajkó ... Olga (as Juli Drajkó)
Judit Viktor ... Nadia
Sándor Boros Sándor Boros ... Coach Driver
Levente Törköly Levente Törköly ... Lodge Killer
János Oláh János Oláh ... Flamethrower Killer
Attila Ferencz Attila Ferencz ... Head-squish Killer
Bela Kasi Bela Kasi ... Headbutt Killer
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Storyline

A team-building weekend in the mountains of Eastern Europe goes horribly wrong for the sales division of the multi-national weapons company Palisade Defence when they become the victims of a group of crazed killers who will stop at nothing to see them dead. Written by Tomius J. Barnard

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language, drug content and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | Germany | Hungary

Language:

English | Hungarian | Russian

Release Date:

25 August 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Severance See more »

Filming Locations:

Mountain range Mátra, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,316, 20 May 2007

Gross USA:

$137,221

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,515,163
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Dolby Digital EX

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The swimming pool full of fallen leafs that Gordon falls into is actually a few inches deep fountain with a diving-board installed on the side. See more »

Goofs

(at around 35 mins) Harris pours himself water twice. He grabs the glass when Maggie says "Everyone calm down", then again when she says "Jill come with me". See more »

Quotes

Steve: Shit, I've left Gordon's foot on the coach... sorry mate.
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Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »

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Written by Steve Marriott & Ronnie Lane
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Not really any spoilers to worry about. Severance is both fun and gruesome!
26 August 2006 | by YoukilledmypineSee all my reviews

For the better part of a decade every British comedy or romance was hailed as 'The funniest film since Four Weddings and a Funeral'. Although there are many Brit films made in any year worth a look, only one will truly be mass marketed and labelled as our best export. With Four Weddings' a distant memory, anything remotely amusing or linked with horror is now wrongly compared to Shaun of the Dead (or possibly Dog Soldiers). Poster quotes and lazy comparisons aside, it's nice surprise that for a horror comedy, Severance isn't actually half bad at all.

The plot is nice and simple. A (predominantly English) sales division working for a multinational weapons corporation are sent on a team building exercise in Hungary only to find themselves stuck in a dense forest where they are being hunted by a merciless European gang.

While Severance doesn't do anything particularly wrong, there are of course a couple of faults. Any work environment has to have some pretty unlikeable characters so it's unavoidable to feel less sorry for some when the killings start. Toby Stephens is undoubtedly one of the finest actors around, but he's yet to play a role in a successful film that really does him justice. Utterly capable and ever reliable Tim McInnerny (of legendary Blackadder fame) is amiable enough, but it's Danny Dyer that gets most of the punchy one-liners as the part-druggie, part-chav cheeky chappie he's grown accustomed to playing. Thankfully, cute Laura Harris hasn't been cast as the 'is she or isn't she the villain all along?' as it's really time she ditched that and moved on.

The two distinct genres don't always make for a happy marriage and eventually the tone shifts over to deadpan. At least one line is stolen from elsewhere but there's a couple of shots that felt like homages rather than plagiarism. There's more than enough laughs and nasty moments to fill both audience preferences. The fast pace means Severance doesn't risk outstaying a welcome, the special effects team did a great job and the camera work is suitably snappy. The only real risk is hype as anyone expecting anything other than a night out with a few grim moments and some genuine belly laughs will leave wondering what the fuss is about. Try to avoid thinking about where these guys took their inspiration from too as that wouldn't do anyone any good either. A solid 3 star experience that hopefully has some extra bits come home-entertainment time.


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