A young lady who is down on her luck agrees to literally sell herself to a wealthy businessman. As if this isn't bad enough, soon, pet-nappers show up, and kidnap her to attempt to sell her on the Global Slave Market.
This is a truly different, and relatively bizarre film, and is quite something to see. Some may see it as a sort of BDSM film, but I didn't really. Think of it this way- the film deals with the trade of buying and selling people as commodities, almost like modern day slavery. Well, there's no two ways about it, the film is undoubtedly a take on modern day slavery.
I thought really that The Pet
was unlike anything i've ever seen, but at the same time, I don't really think I'd like to watch it again. Depending on your interpretation of the film's events, you may think that this film is a misogynistic tirade against women, a representation of racial prejudice from years past, or a chilling glimpse of the future. I really thought that the film was a fairly well-rounded presentation of a future that is not too far away from possibly occurring.
The idea that some people use their 'pets' as different things was one that I thought was important and added another dimension to a possibly one sided concept. Some may use their pets as slaves, some may use them as sex objects, some may use them as simply what one would call pets, completely naked, drinking from bowls and being walked on leashes. The problem with the execution of this film is that it seems often that when the pets become pets, they are suddenly devoid of all real shows of emotion or even the most average mental faculties.
On top of this, the pace of the film was slightly boring. Yes, the concept is quite harrowing and interesting, but isn't executed all that well. I thought the acting wasn't that great, and the pace of the film was slow. When the men come around to kidnap GG (Andrea Edmonson), you're almost ready for it to happen because the film needs such a rising action to keep your attention. Otherwise, you're in for a BDSM sort of film- the pet is branded and sleeps in a triangular cage to elminate any sense of dignity or self-worth.
Really, The Pet
is an interesting concept (based on a true story) that is executed only half decently. It's not really a sex film although it does show signs of the BDSM lifestyle, but the pacing is slow, and the acting isn't so hot either.
The idea that someone could willingly submit themselves to being a personal pet to someone else is really a harrowing one. This film explores it, but could have been better. If you think this will interest you, i'd recommend it, but it certainly isn't for the average movie fan.