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Punishment (2013)

When the dead body of a young co-ed is found haven been beaten and brutalized, the small town isn't ready to panic, until a second body is found. A skillful and creative serial killer is on... See full summary »

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Tyrus 'Tiger' Bazell ...
Det. Walker
Phil Beard ...
Murray
Aron Biedenharn ...
Claire Bleakley
Jason Box ...
Man in Suite
Brandon Briscoe ...
Brandon Wynn
Sean Shyboy Davis ...
J-Mack
Anne Scott Guglielmo ...
young Claire Bleakley
Tripp Guglielmo ...
young Brandon Wynn
Brittney Hoffstad ...
Natalie Lynn
Michelle Jackler ...
Vannicka
Ashleigh Jolly ...
Julie O'Dell
Jodie Jones ...
Det. Sczmanski
Hannah Lambert ...
Milly Jenkins
Brianne Maone ...
Mandy Shaw
Ryan 'Truck' Martin ...
Mika
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When the dead body of a young co-ed is found haven been beaten and brutalized, the small town isn't ready to panic, until a second body is found. A skillful and creative serial killer is on the loose, hell bent on creating havoc and fear. It's a psychopath orchestrating his deadly game of cat and mouse, with young co-eds as the pawns, against a cop broken with his addiction to pills and booze. Written by Jodie Jones

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A psychopathic killer. A self destructive cop. A terrorized town in need.

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Attempt to make a film-length version of "Criminal Minds"
10 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

"Punishment" seems to be an attempt to make a long version of "Criminal Minds." The film starts with the discovery of a murdered college co-ed. Her murder is investigated by a detective. This detective used to be a football player, and now has the most awesome job in the world -- he goes into the police station and then immediately leaves and spends the entire day at bars drinking or at strip clubs. In fact, when members of the police want to talk to him, they actually go to the strip club and interrupt his lap dance! I wish *I* could have a job like that!

Anyway, while the detective is continuing his investigation at various bars, the killer continues to kill college girls and we get glimpses of him with his victims. This is one of those thoughtful killers who manages to rape women while they are still clothed (which makes sense, since the strip clubs the detective goes to has strippers that also remain clothed) and threatens the victims with a nasty looking drill which I assume he used but the effects are never really mentioned by the police so I'm not sure. He also videos the murders and postmortem cleaning and sends it to the police.

A hot woman profiler is brought in to help, which causes friction since the detective objects to her being there. There are various suspects including one annoying guy who has apparently slept with every single woman in the town. The case and motive is eventually revealed and is, needless to say, underwhelming.

I sort of appreciate that they tried to make a little bit of a different film than your usual slasher, but it's really, really tough to make a low budget police procedural movie since it's been done so many time and so well on television all the time. And the detective character in this one is so dreadfully annoying it was impossible to root for him. Nice try, but a fail.


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