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BROKEN
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Simon Boyes, Adam Mason

Starring:
Nadja Brand
Eric Colvin
Abbey Stirling

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
From the outset of the film, we know a woman wakes up in a coffin, and is being held captive by a psychopath in the middle of a wooded area.
Is it good movie?

You know, there are days when it's not so great to be a horror reviewer. Nowadays, it seems that all anyone ever puts out are sequels and remakes, and movies that are actually 'good' are rather few and far in between.

Broken is not one of these movies.

This movie rocks.

And you know what's funny, is that there isn't much to it. It's played minimalistically, with few locations, and there isn't a lot of dialogue either. It's paced a bit slowly, and the plot doesn't really break a lot of new ground. We've got a damsel in distress and a lunatic who enjoys torturing women. What makes this one tick is that it feels so real. It's simply so well done. Fueled by a cast of only three, every cent of this movie's low budget is up on the screen, and is shot beautifully. The acting, mainly from our main character, Nadja Brand, is absolutely fantastic. She truly makes her struggling mother character one worth rooting for and ground her very realistically. Her escape attempts are viable, and the villian, while a little lame, is also very unlikeable. He's also fantastically played, and the tense moments in the characters' relationship are what make this film so fantastic.

Plus, this movie's really red. I mean bloody and brutal. If you like movies like Saw, this one really will be right up your alley. How would you feel about pulling a razor blade out of your stitched up stomach to cut yourself free from a trap? How about if that's the first scene of the flick? It only gets worse. Wait until you see what happens to the other unlikely person who gets caught up in the killer's grasp!

You owe it to yourself to check this out if you're the least bit interested in the 'survival horror' genre, this movie is nasty, brutish and super-fantastic. It has a slam-bang ending that satisfied me tremendously, and its ambiguous, open-ended nature just makes things even better.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in matted widescreen and looks about as good as it can- this is a grainy, washed out, low budget film.

Audio is Dolby 5.1 and was mixed really well, I was surprised how pristine it sounded. Crank this up.
The Extras
There's also a 22 minute interview with Nadja Brand, from some foreign film festival. It's basically a Q&A session that has Nadja answering the fan's queries. It's interesting stuff that is also covered in some of the other supplemental material, but she comes off as an intelligent and informative actress. She's smart, talented and beautiful to boot! She's a trooper here despite the language barrier too.

The best feature here is I Want You to Break: The Making-of Broken, a 50 minute retrospective on the film that almost never was. There's just a ton of stuff here, with interviews from just about everyone involved. I didn't like the way the piece was edited in black-and-white quick cutting, but that's just me. As I said, there's a ton of info, so if you loved this flick, you'll be in heaven here. It's interesting to see how this one almost didn't get made (the shoot was truly grueling- this movie was oddly enough a true labor of love), and how difficult it was for the actors to get and stay in character considering the nature of the film.

Dig commentaries? You get one with directors Adam Mason and Simon Boyes, the two creators of the film. Again, their stuff is sort of mentioned over again in the other featurette, but if you like technical musings, they offer a lot of information. This track wasn't for me, but that doesn't mean it isn't quality, I just found the guys a bit monotone and hard to listen to at times.

You also get a trailer, and a photo gallery.

I'd be a fool not to mention the awesome slipsleeve packaging too- it's gross and fantastic and makes the DVD a unique keepsake! Check it out if you get the chance.
Last Call
Quite simply, Broken may be one of the most tense, nasty films i've seen in quite some time. Considering its budget and premise, its a real triumph, and it is movies like these that make me glad to be a reviewer. Now that it's on DVD with such awesome treatment, you owe it to yourself to find this. Watch it.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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