It's not the dialogue that ruins the movie; it's the forced twists thrown into the narrative that unearth more weaknesses than revelations.
| Original Score: 2/5
I expected the film to be cleverer, but in the end what you have is yet another film that focuses on a female victim who is stripped naked and humiliated, but is not smart enough to get herself out of the situation.
Only the pedigree of Eddie Marsan suggests there might be more to this film than meets the eye. And that it might be clever enough to excuse the material.
| Original Score: 2/4
After a confident build-up, the ending feels like an anti-climax.
It's just a cheap thriller.
Although it continually complicates its basic narrative setup, J Blakeson's film has enough of the crudely exploitative to make it feel like a decisively unwholesome entertainment.
This painfully low-budget effort is barely passable as a TV drama let alone a movie experience...
| Original Score: 1/5
If Blakeson wasn't so desperate to shock his audience, the suspense he establishes early on might not have been so quick to join Miss. Creed in disappearing.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The mental games that the characters play are underdeveloped, and the look of the film isn't worth leaving home for.
The neatness of the movie, however, hems it in. It is plotted almost to a fault.
| Original Score: 3/5
Recalling one of those exploitation flicks so popular in 70s drive-ins, everyone involved deserves a pat on the back for producing such a fearless British movie. If only it was better.
J Blakeson keeps the suspense level high for the first hour or so, but he then indulges in a few plot twists that strain credibility.
The story has a few too many reversals for its own good, which leaves the characters seeming more like pawns of a clever screenwriter rather than unpleasant people in a desperate situation.
It's like Deathtrap with two twists instead of 12.
| Original Score: D+
All the considerable effort that went into making this film cannot finally offset its aura of pointless morbidity.
It wants to be a movie about the intersection between criminality and the class system but, for that, it could have used a bit more class.
... An unnerving thriller that's driven by the threat of violence and the sexual proclivities of its protagonists.
If you like a good twist, then this is the next film you must see. Your eyes will be glued to the screen, wondering what unexpected plot developments lay ahead.
| Original Score: A-
A skilled cast is Blakeson's greatest asset in his attempt to elevate his material above its pulpy limitations. All three are better actors than this sort of movie might call for.
| Original Score: 6/10