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Penance (2009)

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A young mother decides to become a stripper to earn some fast cash, only to find her worst nightmares are about to begin.

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... Amelia
... John
... Mann
... Geeves
... Eve
... Kathy
... Jack
... Tara
... Chauffeur
... Sleazy party guy
... Suzie - Sassy
Sita Young ... Molly
... Polly
Garrett Jones ... Will
... Corridor prisoner
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A young mother decides to become a stripper to earn some fast cash, only to find her worst nightmares are about to begin.

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He Made Them Pay For Their Sins


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30 May 2009 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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The character of Geeves (Graham McTavish) was based on an actual O.B./G.Y.N. from Australia, who performed genital mutilation on hundreds of female patients. See more »

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When Mann points the gun at Will it's a Beretta 92f then when Mann takes the camera and shoots Will it's a different gun and then right after the gun changes back to the Beretta 92f. See more »

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Torture Porn, and Not Even Good Torture Porn
18 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

Penance is an example of this decade's "torture porn" craze at its worst. Cheaply made, with largely unknown actors, the film lacks the creativity of films such as Saw, substituting shock tactics for originality.

The story is nothing new. An innocent young woman is forced to become a stripper because of financial trouble, and ends up falling into the hands of a depraved religious fanatic. (I'm a humanist, and even I think this movie gives religion a bad name.) What follows is an hour long wallow in torture and extremely graphic sequences of genital mutilation, both male and female.

What makes the movie particularly disgusting is its implicit acceptance of the moral logic of the villain. The protagonist is a victim of circumstance, not a "bad" stripper like the others, who are depicted in the most stereotypical, degrading way possible. At times, this approach pushes the film into outright misogyny.

Furthermore, Penance relies on a video taping framing device ripped off from better films like REC. The result is a cheap looking digital feature that adds nothing to the overall story.

The only good points of the film are the scenes with Michael Rooker, which unfortunately comprise only ten minutes or so. One wishes the film had been focused on his character instead.


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