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Brutal (2014)

TV-MA | | Action, Drama, Horror | 5 January 2014 (USA)
Abducted without explanation, two men are forced into a daily steel cage brawl testing their will to live.


Donald Lawrence Flaherty, Colin Follenweider (co-director)

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Credited cast:
Morgan Benoit ... Trevor
Jeff Hatch Jeff Hatch ... Derrick
David Mattey ... Detective Warren
Renata Green-Gaber ... Katherine
Stacy Jorgensen ... Candy
Mario Kenyon ... Edward
Christina Brooks Christina Brooks ... Kara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Collin Armstrong Collin Armstrong ... D.A. Fremont
Gary Backlund Gary Backlund ... Scott Peters
Eric Bivoino Eric Bivoino ... Good Looking Guy
Jim Fath Jim Fath ... Detective Ames
Andrew Flaherty Andrew Flaherty ... Young Trevor O'Hara
Daniel Headecker Daniel Headecker ... Detective Follenweider
Michelle Kenyon Michelle Kenyon ... Woman on the Street
Keith Kowalczyk Keith Kowalczyk ... Bar Patron


BRUTAL centers on Trevor (Morgan Benoit), abducted from his backyard at the age of fifteen by an unseen alien presence. Forced into nearly two decades of no-holds-barred fights against other abductees inside an unearthly mixed martial arts arena, Trevor has evolved from an innocent boy into a brutal fighting machine. Derek, (Jeff Hatch) an ambulance chasing lawyer, is the latest lab-rat abductee forced to fight Trevor. As the two men exchange ever-increasing beatings over the course of weeks and months, the brutality of their existence and the true nature of their humanity is slowly revealed. With elements of THE TWILIGHT ZONE and THE PRISONER, BRUTAL explores through science fiction, allegory and psychological drama, man's violent nature and our propensity to commit unthinkable acts of violence against each other. Yet through this prism of brutality our capacity to love one another, even in the worst of circumstances is celebrated.

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Worlds will collide.




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Title Is Entirely Accurate
29 January 2014 | by billoberstjrSee all my reviews

I saw this film at its Los Angeles premiere at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. If the action sequence that opens BRUTAL doesn't get your attention, you're dead. From moment one, the audience is drawn into the hellishly surreal world into which a mysterious force has dropped Trevor (Morgan Benoit) and Derrick (Jeff Hatch.)

BRUTAL combines some of the most balls-to-the-wall fight choreography you've ever seen (Benoit and Hatch's bone-crunching fights are so realistic that they are simultaneously hard to watch and hard to turn away from,) a sci-fi undercurrent and a nuanced lead performance that should, by all rights, make Morgan Benoit a star.

BRUTAL cuts across the genres, and Donald Flaherty's mix of Twilight Zone-esque mystery and raw brutality makes for a fascinating ride.

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