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Isolation (2005)

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An experiment in bovine genetic modification goes horrifically wrong in writer/director Billy O'Brien's debut feature, Isolation. John Lynch stars as Dan a cattle farmer on the remote Irish countryside, whose ex, Orla (Essie Davis of the Matrix films), a veterinarian, has convinced him to take part in a profit-driven experiment on his cows, run by John (Marcel Iures), an officious scientist who seems very concerned with maintaining secrecy. Orla is conducting a routine check on a pregnant cow,

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Billy O'Brien

Jun 26, 2007

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Novice writer-director Billy O'Brien brings a seriousness of purpose and a modicum of showmanship to the task of serving generic B-movie cheese in Isolation

October 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Working from a rather inauspicious premise ... writer-director Billy O'Brien conjures a remarkable genre achievement: a somber, sad, and absolutely convincing film that is also genuinely terrifying.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

Isolation is a claustrophobic, increasingly icky chiller that is just as horrifying for its underlying ideas as for the more visceral shocks that it presents on screen.

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Taking itself far too seriously and nearly devoid of suspense, Isolation gets kudos for a nice try... but I can't recommend it.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

Fans of good old-fashioned creature features should be very pleased...

August 5, 2006 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

...too much buildup and not enough payoff.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Will the movie, which was actually quite cool and stylish for the first half, turn into a typical sci-fi/horror/slasher flick? Yes.

September 24, 2005
Planet Sick-Boy

A grim, gruesome, and gloriously gross horror flick about mutated cows and the poor saps stuck on an isolated farm with the bloody bovines.

September 13, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Isolation

Isolation is everything that a low budget horror/thriller should be. It is atmospheric, it is intense, it is mysterious and it is original. Although it may seem ridiculous it never feels unbelievable. It's very well acted by a competent cast, never over the top and is very stylish but without the cheap horror film cliches. It should have done better and deserves more recognition in my opinion.
February 20, 2013
SirPant

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A bloody confluence of Alien and Old McDonald Had A Farm.
January 29, 2012
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Randy Tippy

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A decent Irish chiller clearly inspired by "Its Alive" and "Alien". I enjoyed the earlier stages more. Isolation here lives up to its name -- the dilapidated and perpetually dark cattle farm, the cows in gruesome distress, and messy bloody trauma scenes. Alas, for all that good atmosphere it migrates to the same old critter hunt -- even doing a version of "Aliens" air ducts scene, and then leaving us hanging with an ambiguous ending. yeesh..
April 5, 2011
itsjustme2004

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A very low budget horror set in Ireland on a farm. Very much like the Thing but on a much smaller scale. Great for a low budget indie film. Slow to start but the second half of the film is quite creepy.
September 6, 2009
Deano78

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    1. Orla: It's a fetus, Dan. The calf is pregnant. Fuck! This is unbelievable. They're completely malformed. The bone structure's gone haywire. The skeleton's on the outside.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Orla: [on the phone] John, we have to shut it all down. It's gone wrong.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. John: That's impossible. My cells,it's corrupting them. The creature can infect humans. It's the bite. we have to stop it getting off the farm.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. John: This rate of cellular growth is off the scale. There are human cells mixed up with it. Orla's cells.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Dan: We can't leave the farm.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
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