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The Killing Room (2009)

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Four individuals sign up for a psychological research study only to discover that they are now subjects of a brutal, classified government program.

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Jonathan Liebesman

Writers:

Gus Krieger (screenplay), Ann Peacock (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Nick Cannon ... Paul Brodie
Clea DuVall ... Kerry Isalano
Timothy Hutton ... Crawford Haines
Chloë Sevigny ... Emily Reilly
Peter Stormare ... Dr. Phillips
Shea Whigham ... Tony Mazzolla
Anoop Kaur Sikand Anoop Kaur Sikand ... Nurse
Bill Stinchcomb ... Cope
Meade Patton ... Forsythe
Luke Sexton ... Orderly #1
Tim J. Smith ... Orderly #2 (as T. Joel Smith)
Michael Byrnes Michael Byrnes ... Orderly #3
Gus Krieger Gus Krieger ... Prisoner #1
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Storyline

Four individuals sign up for a psychological research study only to discover that they are now subjects of a brutal, classified government program.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Once you're in, there's no way out.

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent content and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Manbreak See more »

Filming Locations:

Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$467,220
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Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Tony is wearing a Bayside Tigers T-shirt. The Bayside Tigers are the fictional high school football team in Saved By The Bell. See more »

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Dr. Phillips: I'm gonna tell you what my superior told me some... twenty years ago before I defected: "Never forget that our enemies have someone just like you, someone just like me doing exactly the same thing, as we speak..."
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String Quartet K.458 'The Hunt'
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
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Runs out of ideas
19 March 2010 | by GloriousGoonerSee all my reviews

Another film, based in one room, in which 4 people are eliminated to one, told from the perspective of a behavioural psychologist observing the experiment. The experimentees are promised $250 each for completing the 1 day 8 hour test but have no idea what the experiment is or who is behind it. The film starts out with a lot of promise - after the irony behind the traps in the Saw franchise the ingenuity bar has been set reasonably high already. Factor in the cult success of Cube and this film is branching into a cornered market. But then again that really is the problem: apart from 1 of 2 cheap jumps there is barely any glint of originality in either the script, performances or concept. The director has done OK with limited material yet even overlooking the often mumbled dialogue (really, why they whisper so much is utterly baffling) and the frequently massive jumps to conclusions that seem to be spontaneously materialising out of thin air, there is still nothing here to shout about. As other reviews point out, the walkie talkie commentary gets annoying quickly but thats not the biggest of the many flaws. Without the gore of Saw we need good three dimensional relatable characters whereas The Killing Room presents us with cardboard victims on the assumption that for some unknown reason we will guess who's going to survive and indeed, care. It's painfully obvious from the start who's going to win, what interested me was how the doctor would react to the unfolding events. Well, that plot line goes nowhere interesting - so that was a wasted mental effort on my part. The only positive from this film is that it's all over very quickly. There's a totally predictable twist ending and a wider social commentary element that falls flatter than Kansas.


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