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Senseless (2008)

R | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 2008 (UK)
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Based on Stona Fitch's novel, this is the story of a wealthy US businessman (Behr) whose brutal kidnapping and torture are streamed online as part of an ultra-violent reality TV show.

Director:

Simon Hynd

Writers:

Stona Fitch (novel), Simon Hynd
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jason Behr ... Eliott Gast
Emma Catherwood Emma Catherwood ... Nim
Joe Ferrara ... Blackbeard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacques Kerr ... Venture Capitalist
Helen Mallon Helen Mallon ... Waitress
Toby Marlow Toby Marlow ... Young Eliott
Sean O'Kane ... Mr. Gast
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Based on Stona Fitch's novel, this is the story of a wealthy US businessman (Behr) whose brutal kidnapping and torture are streamed online as part of an ultra-violent reality TV show.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong disturbing sequences of torture, violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dolor al límite See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

In the flashback where the main character, as a youth, stole twenty dollars from the blind boy, a "new" twenty dollar bill (with the large face of Jackson) was used. That bill was introduced in 1998 and thus most likely would have not been in existence at the time of the supposed flashback. The movie was released and presumably set in 2008, and the protagonist was in his early 30's. See more »

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A unique and fascinating film.
18 January 2009 | by gilmartin09See all my reviews

An American business man is held hostage and tortured for his crimes. His captivity is broadcast on the internet where the public vote on his fate.

If the mention of torture in the synopsis leaves you expecting a variation on Hostel or the Saw series you will no doubt be disappointed. In many ways Senseless is the antithesis of those films which use violence and torture to titillate the audience. Instead it actively engages the viewer, forcing them to question their motivation for watching.

This is a brave and provocative film. It plays out in a white, featureless room with only one flawed character for the viewer to root for, and yet within these restrictive parameters the director has fashioned a tight, terrifying story that sucks you in almost despite yourself and gives you that feeling of desperately wanting to turn away, while being too tied up in the characters and story to stop watching.

Yes, the violence is sickening at times, and in many respects it is totally senseless, but I think that's the point.


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