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The Task (2011)

R | | Horror | 14 July 2011 (Russia)
A group of reality show contestants must survive the night in a haunted jail.

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Alex Orwell

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Kenny Yakkel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Staden ... Connie
Victor McGuire ... Big Daddy
Sean McConaghy ... Snow
Adam Rayner ... Taylor
Antonia Campbell-Hughes ... Angel
Ashley Mulheron ... Shoe
Amara Karan ... Toni
Tom Payne ... Stanton
Marc Pickering ... Randall
Texas Battle ... Dixon
Sam Stockman ... Scelzi
Mike Johnson Mike Johnson ... FX Grunt Jim
Rob Ostlere ... Pisser
Atanas Srebrev ... Bob
Jonas Talkington Jonas Talkington ... Clown
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Storyline

Something diabolical is taking place on the set of "The Task" a new reality show in which players complete terrifying missions within the confines of an abandoned prison hoping to win a hefty cash prize. As six young students explore their new environment, malicious spirits make their presence known in the most gruesome ways imaginable, Unable to escape the labyrinthine prison, the contestants become unwitting pawns caught at the centre of a blood-soaked night of terror. Written by Svetlio Svilenov

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The Audience Isn't The Only One Watching.

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 2011 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Aimatovammeni nyhta See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

After Dark Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was mentioned by Simon Lane on YoGPoD 46: Halloween Spack-tacular. See more »

Goofs

When Connie goes to get Toni from the gas chamber to tell her she found out that she was being tricked. After Connie checks to see if Toni is breathing and realizes that she is dead, you can see that Toni is actually breathing heavily and rapidly. See more »

Quotes

Dixon: You know, people used to say I look like Will Smith. Now they say Barack Obama... okay!
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References The Prestige (2006) See more »

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I love a good mystery
21 March 2015 | by bowmanblueSee all my reviews

Yes, a good mystery keeps your mind going while you're watching a film. However, the main mystery about The Task is why a cast, made up of 99% British actors, were putting on American accents for the entire movie? The Task is about a reality TV show where the producers kidnap (yes, kidnap) six contestants (all supposedly American, but frequently use the term "torch" instead of "flashlight" and shout "Bl**dy hell!" when there's danger). Anyway, the producers (of which there are four of them - apparently you only need four people to stage a TV show - Big Brother must waste loads of money on runners and editors etc) lock these six English-American teenagers in an abandoned prison and tell them they'll get paid if they stay the night.

Well, you probably already know it's a horror film, so, guess what, they start getting picked off one by one. However, anyone hoping that this happens soon will be sorely disappointed. This film is the very definition of slooooow. The first hour and four minutes is made up of the six teens wandering round darkened corridors completing (completely non-lethal) tasks.

I guess the main trouble is that this is too much like real reality TV. By this I mean they've picked central characters who I really would like to see get murdered painfully (a viewpoint I also take when I accidentally tune into X-Factor, American Idol and that one in the jungle where people stop doing pantomime in order to eat bugs in front of Ant and Dec). I couldn't wait for the main characters to die - at least it meant they could stop pretending to be from the deep south of Arizona (as opposed to West Kensington).

It also says a lot about the movie when the person you recognise the most is 'Jack' from the eighties sit-com 'Bread' (now, Nellie Boswell - she was truly scary - The Task just isn't).


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