Blu-ray Review: WHITE CHAMBER

WHITE CHAMBER was written and directed by Paul Raschid and stars Shauna MacDonald, Oded Fehr, Amrita Acharia, Sharon Maughan, Candis Nergaard and Nicholas Farrell.

The United Kingdom in the near future. Civil war rages, and martial law has been declared by a military government hellbent on squashing the opposition. A woman (Shauna MacDonald) wakes up in a blindingly white cuboid cell, where General Zakarian (Oded Fehr) uses increasingly sophisticated and cruel methods to torture her for information – information she claims not to have. As questions of trust are placed both on captor and captive, they find themselves embroiled in an increasingly spiraling journey into the nature of authority.

Martial law sets in where there’s chaos and unrest in the population as the corrupt government slowly gets overthrown. There’s two sides at war within the United Kingdom (which isn’t so united during this time). One side is trying to take over to right the wrongs that the current government has done. As one group takes prisoners in, these people are placed in a small torture room called the White Chamber.

We see this woman awaken in the room at the beginning of the movie but then we see how she got to be in there. Let’s just say she’s one of the ones dishing out the punishment but then she gets her turn in the room. There’s also a man that’s introduced who gets tortured to the point of insanity. He goes through hell but never breaks. This prisoner also comes with a twist that’s introduced in the end.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, White Chamber ended up being this minimalist sci-fi thriller that borrowed the concept of Cube. I know a lot of you remember that one and it’s cool sequels! Unfortunately this one isn’t as cool as those. This movie takes that concept and deals with two sides at war in this dystopian future where one side takes its prisoners and places them in these small rooms to be tortured relentlessly until they spill the beans. The story felt borrowed but the cast did a good job with their characters that were interesting enough and it’s what kind of salvaged the watch. There’s a few special effects, with a little blood and gore, to go along with everything to help the rather bland watch. White Chamber is now available on Blu-ray.

Distributor: Dark Sky Films

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: N/A

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