DVD Review: THE ODDS

THE ODDS was written and directed by Bob Giordano and stars Abbi Butler, James J. Fuertes, Katie Gunn, Les Parker and Sean Ramey.

A troubled but determined young woman competes in a gruesome and sadistic game against concealed virtual competitors in a winner-take-all test of survival.

Possible spoilers ahead. The Odds has characters in it that go by names of The Player, Game Master, The Enforcer and The Thug. The minimalist-style chiller follows this woman who appears to have given up and nothing left to live for so she’s entered the game hoping to win the big prize and leave it to her daughter. The Game Master seems to be a nice guy at first but looks can sometimes be deceiving and she quickly finds that out after the game begins. With each painful level the woman acheives, the host’s demeanor changes to the point he becomes extremely hateful and even violent.

The pain and agony this poor woman goes through includes physical torture as well as mental anguish and she handles it like a pro. As the movie plays out, the Game Master ends up revealing his true nature and is hellbent that the woman doesn’t reach the finish line no matter what and he’s willing to cheat at his own game to see this through. The thing is, she’s already gone through and lost so much that she’s willing to push herself even further and ultimately turn the game around on her sinister host. The Odds are not in her favor but the woman finds a way to survive this deadly game.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front 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 DVD disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Odds ended up being something a little different that horror fans will be able to sink their teeth into. The movie plays with a person’s fear of the unknown as well as how much pain one person can take. Each level includes a painful trap the contestant must deal with and it’s not pretty. As a matter is fact, it’ll definitely make some viewers cringe. Guaranteed! The story was interesting and I thought the small cast did a great job with their characters. The two leads were a lot of fun to watch with their back and forths. There’s some torture porn but this is definitely a character-driven feature. This game between the host and contestant becomes an uncomfortable battle of do or die as it plays out. It deals with how much physical pain and mental anguish one person can take but it also hints at what if the prize can’t be achieved. The Odds fits in with fan favorites like Saw, Cube and The Hunger Games and is worth checking out. The Odds will be available on DVD on June 4th.

Distributor: 4 Digital Media

Run Time: 107 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: N/A

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