Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Slave follows young American couple Georgie (Natassia Malthe) and David (Sam Page) as they visit David's father Robert's stunning Spanish villa, hoping to get his blessing on their marriage. The relationship between the father and son is strained at best, not helped by the dark skeletons of Robert's criminal past. When left to their own devices the couple embark on a night out, with a seedy nightclub owner offering the full VIP treatment. Georgie and David are separated for a brief moment, but in that brief moment their lives are changed forever... and David is set on a course to uncover some troubling family truths.
Is it good movie?
Any time I read about stupid American tourists going on trips they should avoid, I think of Hostel and that doesn't start things off on the right foot because I'm really not a fan of that movie. Fortunately, this one takes itself a bit more seriously than Hostel, although it doesn't quite veer off the path enough to be different.
Anyway, the Dunsmore family tree has more than a few warped branches. David's dad is a bit of a lout and as a result his Mom brought him with her to live in the US. He meets the love of his life, Georgie and takes her to spain to meet her dad to get the final approval on their marriage. I don't really know why he does this, because his Dad seems like a bit of a scumbag.
Of course, when they get there Daddio is nowhere to be found and they decide to go clubbing. There's the first mistake, really. They namedrop their father and soon they decide to do a bunch of drugs given to them by the owner of the club. Foolish, foolish children. David leaves Georgie alone for a bit on the floor after she dances like a hussy and then she gets snapped up. Everyone plays dumb when asked about it and we have a movie afoot.
Anyway, from this point on, Slave goes in the same vein as Taken. with David running around trying to rescue his ladycakes from the evil White Arab. On the plus side, this is a really nice looking film. It looks like a million bucks and uses a lot of really nice locations. It also helps that the leads are good looking.
On the negative side, there's a fair amount to be said. First of all, the dialogue is bad, and full of awkward moments. The characters are really, really weak and make a lot of stupid decisions. This movie comes off like it's trying to be a really cool Guy Ritchie movie, and uses a lot of old music video-esque camera tricks to show you how cool it is.
Ultimately, this movie ends up trying to be more like Hostel than I originally thought, and the big twist/reveal is a groaner to say the least. Everything feels really predictable and the film just isn't overly enjoyable to watch.
Video / Audio
NA was a screener.
NA was a screener.
I made this film sound better than it was in my review- the truth is that this movie has been done many times over, and done better. There's just too much bland, same old stuff going on here and the cast isn't up to the task. I do not recommend this one.