Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
After a botched robbery attempt, a thief is sent on a last chance job to make up for the lost merchandise. It involves the theft of a priceless artifact in a penthouse in Moscow. While on the job, he and a couple of thugs find themselves with a handful of hostages, and a psycho cutting off peoples heads and other body parts.
Is it good movie?
I looked up the film Botched on IMDB. The other recommendations for those who enjoy this film included, Reservoir Dogs, The Departed and Snatch among others. After watching the film, it makes perfect sense. This is part horror, part comedy and a whole lot of heist gone wrong. It is thoroughly bloody and damn entertaining. While there are some elements that seem to be stretching the humor a bit, notably that damn rat, it happens to be a pretty solid flick.
It all begins with a heist gone horribly wrong. It shouldn’t have, but a woman walking her dog creates a major problem for Ritchie (Stephen Dorff). You see, after the driver of the car sees the dog, and also a truck, he loses control of the car. This leaves Ritchie with a briefcase full of diamonds which of course breaks open, leaving him with nothing. When he confesses what happened to the boss man, he is told that he has one more chance to make it up. And since this is a caper flick of sorts, he has no choice in the matter, it’s do or die. And this latest robbery revolves around stealing a priceless gold cross from a luxurious penthouse in Moscow.
Once there, he meets up with a couple of thugs and the attempt begins. All of it goes over quite smoothly until someone is killed, and the three men end up with a group of hostages. They find themselves stuck on the thirteenth floor speaking to the authorities on a radio. But all is not what it seems, when one by one, heads are cut off along with other body parts, and a whole bunch of bloody goodness takes over. If this sounds bizarre, it probably doesn’t do this film justice as to how strange it actually is. From a religious group of women sitting around reading the bible to someone that looks a whole lot like Ivan the Terrible, this is a funny film with enough bloody bits to keep horror fans satisfied.
Stephen Dorff is an interesting actor and this is a great role for him. He seems to have a lot of fun doing it. I also really enjoyed Bronagh Gallagher as the head religious nut Sonya. She is a terrific actress and seems to really savor the role. Same goes for uber-nerd Dmitri played by Hugh O’Conor. This guy is awesome as the put upon journalist who starts to get tough. In fact, the entire cast is quite good (Russian accents for most). They all look to be having a blast, but taking the film seriously enough that the audience remain involved. I had a bunch of fun with this film. Yes I would have preferred more tension with the horror element, it would have raised the stakes… and my involvement. I also really hated that stupid rat. It looked really bad and every time the damn thing showed up, I started to only notice how fake it looked. But still, Botched is a good time and manages to pull off the humor and the horror of the situation with mostly consistent results.
Video / Audio
Video: This is a very good 1.85:1 Widescreen Presentation.
Audio: The 5.1 Dolby Digital is also very good. At least they gave us a good transfer… see “special features” below.
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Kit Ryan offers up a solid 90 or so minutes of beheadings and other forms of bloodshed, and it all includes a bit of heist, murder, mayhem and comedy. For all those saying they miss original horror films, I’m happy to recommend Botched. But this is a comedy for the most part, so if you are expecting a brutal horror film, this is not for you. But if you are in the mood for a good laugh, there is little you can do to botch up a good time with this flick.