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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.

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... Trevor
Jeff Hatch ... Derrick
... Detective Warren
... Katherine
... Candy
... Edward
Christina Brooks ... Kara
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Collin Armstrong ... D.A. Fremont
Gary Backlund ... Scott Peters
Eric Bivoino ... Good Looking Guy
Jim Fath ... Detective Ames
Andrew Flaherty ... Young Trevor O'Hara
Daniel Headecker ... Detective Follenweider
Michelle Kenyon ... Woman on the Street
Keith Kowalczyk ... Bar Patron
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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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Take It Like a Man
By 'Lisandra DuFort', 'Cameron Neilson' and 'Ryan Lutz'
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Very original concept, amazing fight scenes.
21 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

I was fortunate to attend the screening of Brutal in late 2013. I was very impressed with the films originality. A concept I have not seen before. The fight scenes were as the title suggested "Brutal" the actors were obviously trained fighters as some of the stunts were very clearly done by them.

The story was a times heart breaking and at other times intensely dramatic. Great performances by the leads as well as the supporting cast. The actress who played the mother was very believable and gave the story a real heart.

Morgan Benoit who played the younger of the two lead actors is a name to watch out for. I have seen him in a couple of films now and his fight skills matched with some good acting chops should see him go from strength to strength.

Overall I thought Brutal was great. I think it will do very well on an international scale as the film is not heavy on dialogue and the fight scenes will keep any action/fight fan on the edge of their seat.


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