6.4/10
630
11 user 12 critic

Painless (2017)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 2 October 2018 (USA)
Trailer
2:04 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $4.99 (SD) on Prime Video

Henry Long desperately seeks a cure for the condition that leaves him unable to feel physical pain.

Director:

Jordan Horowitz

Writer:

Jordan Horowitz
Reviews
3 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY is based on the most beloved alien invasion story of all time by Father of Science Fiction, H.G. Wells. Like Wells' classic book that was presented as a ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Hines
Stars: Jack Clay, Jim Cissell, Susan Goforth
Despair I (2017)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

After Jack and Lucy rescue a woman from freezing cold in the middle of Scottish mountains, they come to realize that the woman is not who she says she is and that she has not the best intentions.

Director: Hank Orion
Stars: Michael Wouters, Jodyanne Richardson, Jagoda Kamov
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

When Nicole comes in contact with Father Anton (Corneliu Ulici) more and more inexplicable events occur. The pair begin to believe that the priest lost the battle with a demon.

Director: Xavier Gens
Stars: Sophie Cookson, Corneliu Ulici, Ada Lupu
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1887, at age 23, reporter Nellie Bly, working for Joseph Pulitzer, feigns mental illness to go undercover in notorious Blackwell's Island a woman's insane asylum to expose corruption, abuse and murder.

Director: Timothy Hines
Stars: Caroline Barry, Christopher Lambert, Kelly LeBrock
Bayou Caviar (2018)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A former boxing champion and his companions get caught up with Russian mobsters after he witnesses a crime.

Director: Cuba Gooding Jr.
Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Famke Janssen, Richard Dreyfuss
City Life (1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A kaleidoscopic panorama of the world.A visual anthology of twelve short stories by twelve innovative directors from all over the world.

Directors: Alejandro Agresti, Gábor Altorjay, and 11 more credits »
Abbey Grace (Video 2016)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

When Stacy's mom dies, Stacey puts her life and career on hold and returns to her childhood home to take care of her OCD agorophobic brother Ben who hasn't been out of the house for 23 ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Durham
Stars: Debbie Sheridan, Jacob Hobbs, Amber Gallaway
Silent Ones (2013)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A girl wakes up after a car crash. Her younger brother has disappeared. As she promised him, she boards a cargo ship to find a new life. Then the shady Gábor crosses her path. A surreal trip on the fragile edge of life and death.

Director: Ricky Rijneke
Stars: Fatih Dervisoglu, Roland Rába, Orsolya Tóth
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A washed-up private security agent has to escort a valuable Chinese antique out of Shanghai but is ambushed en route.

Director: Charles Martin
Stars: Orlando Bloom, Lei Wu, Simon Yam
Solis (2018)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

After a space mining operation gone bad, Troy is on an emergency escape vehicle drifting towards the sun. He gets radio contact with possible help but will they get there in time?

Director: Carl Strathie
Stars: Steven Ogg, Alice Lowe, Sid Phoenix
A.I. Rising (2018)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An intimate relationship between a human and an android tests the boundaries of human nature.

Director: Lazar Bodroza
Stars: Sebastian Cavazza, Stoya, Marusa Majer
Pappa pia (2017)
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A boat house unites the old and young people of a community together.

Director: Gabor Csupo
Stars: Tamás Szabó Kimmel, Bernadett Ostorhazi, Feró Nagy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joey Klein ... Henry Long
Evalena Marie ... Shani
Kip Gilman ... Dr. Raymond Parks
Pascal Yen-Pfister ... Dr. Steven Andrews
Tommie Sox ... Eddie
Nick Latrenta ... Jeremy
Joshua Koopman ... Ron
Eileen Paulino ... Paulina
David Weindel David Weindel ... Hardware Store Clerk
Lino Tanaka ... Delivery Guy
Valeria Sistrunk Valeria Sistrunk ... Dr. Lynn
Robert Sioch Robert Sioch ... Young Henry
Orion Spinelli Orion Spinelli ... Baby Henry
Katherine van Hengel ... Young Henry's Mother
Becki Dennis ... Patient
Edit

Storyline

Henry Long desperately seeks a cure for the condition that leaves him unable to feel physical pain.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

If you can't feel pain, how do you know you're alive?

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | official site | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Rhode Island, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,038, 18 October 2018
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It feels like a science programme. But the acting is superb.
24 October 2018 | by peterp-450-298716See all my reviews

Every once in a while, nature makes a mistake.

The beginning explains a lot. First, footage of an adorable-looking 2-year-old, growing up and having one injury after the other. And again and again, you get this emotionless stare because he turns out to be numb to pain. In addition, there's an increasingly desperate-looking mother. And finally, that picture of a little boy in plaster staring sadly ahead while in the background children enjoy themselves in a playground. Perhaps this little boy realizes at that moment that his life will be very different from that of an average person. And that's how you'll see the grown-up Henry (Joey Klein) afterward. A person who lives completely isolated and who moves carefully through society every day. Taking with him a backpack stuffed with attributes to take care of injuries. The only thing he's trying to produce in his as a lab equipped apartment is a medicinal product. Not to treat pain. But something so he finally can feel pain. A vital signal that the human body passes on to indicate that something isn't right physically. A medicine so Henry has the feeling he's really alive.

"Painless" is not SF, even though I don't know whether there are people in the world who suffer from the same condition as Henry or not. I'd rather call this film a drama with a scientific undertone. Because believe me, a lot of Chinese sounding medical terms will be fired at you. Technical terms about chemical compounds and genetic stuff are used throughout the whole movie. No idea what education Henry has followed. But it's clear he's a genius in the field of science. He also appears to have an unprecedented gift that allows him to diagnose a person's condition with a single glance. This all makes this film rather boring sometimes and too intellectual. It feels as if you are looking at some scientific program. Something only real nerds like to watch. And they get excited about every scientific term that's being used. Yet there's something else to be enjoyed for ordinary people without a master degree. Someone like me for instance. And that's the wonderful acting.

Joey Klein delivers a great performance. The way he shapes Henry is simply brilliant. The unworldly loner who looks shyly around and who avoids any contact with other individuals. The only one he has regular contact with is his doctor Dr. Raymond Parks (Kip Gilman). Probably someone who took care of Henry countless times after yet another incident. He's also Henry's confidant. So regularly Henry storms into his office without asking, just to argue about a new theory. In my opinion, it's also the only one who fully understands Henry. And then one day Henry meets the graceful Shani (Evalena Marie). A painful encounter (there's hot coffee involved) after which he comes to the realization that there's more to life than his eternal search for a cure. It's painful to see how clumsy he is when interacting with others who don't have a medical background.

"Painless" is about the absence of physical pain. It's also about the numbing effect this had on the emotional part of Henry. He's just as insensitive when it's about emotions. The way he responds to certain situations shows a social ignorance and a lack of experience in the field of human interaction. For him, everything is a distraction that prevents him from finding a solution for his ailment. "Painless" is certainly not an action-packed and adventurous blockbuster but still an interesting film. It shows how persons with a disorder still can function in our society. And even though you usually don't understand what they're talking about (thanks to the frequent use of medical and scientific terms), you can understand Henry at the end. "Painless" is about perseverance and determination. But at the same time, it is also about loneliness and sorrow. In short, a scientific drama with a romantic touch that surprised me.


2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed