Movie Review: DEADLY VIRTUES

DEADLY VIRTUES PosterDEADLY VIRTUES is directed by Ate de Jong and stars Edward Akrout, Matt Barber, Megan MaczkoHelen Bradbury and Sadie Frost.

There are times when I am sent a movie to watch and review and right off the bat, I have no clue as to what I’m about to see. Even when I look for a poster or something to give me a clue as to what to expect, I sometimes come up empty handed. DEADLY VIRTUES is a great example of that. When I finally found a poster for it, I was still questioning what I was about to watch. Surely the poster above has more intention to it than my first impression of this foreign film…..right?

Over the course of a weekend, a hypnotic home invader explores and exploits the relationship of a suburban, middle class couple. His brutal torture of the husband and seduction of the wife uncovers an uncomfortable truth about their marriage and ultimately acts as a catalyst for extreme liberation.

First off, DEADLY VIRTUES is a film that might not be entirely for everyone due to the nature of the film. The aspect of a home invasion film mixed with torture might be too much for some people. With that being said, the movie was very well done as a whole. The story itself picks up from the very beginning and doesn’t really let up at all. There are some slow parts, but those parts are just setting up the tension that these characters need to progress the story. The acting also helps the with the over all film being dark yet graceful. Those elements are what help move the story along. Now there were some bad things in this film, but it wasn’t enough to really offset the movie as a whole. The biggest complaint would be that toward the end, the film seems to be a bit rushed and a little forced. That was a big issue since most of the film was slow paced to really build that tension of the terrible things that are coming. The only other minor complaint would be that sometimes the sound would be too low when some people are talking, but that might of been intentional.

Overall, DEADLY VIRTUES was a good film. I can recommend DEADLY VIRTUES only if you enjoyed movies like High Tension, Hostel or The Collector. Again, this movie isn’t for everyone and should not be viewed if you can’t handle some squeamish scenes. I could see this movie being somewhat of a cult classic, but it would need the right marketing to make that happen. DEADLY VIRTUES leave you wondering if the relationship that you have with your significant other is as trusting as you think that it is. The twist ending is left up in the air for you to make your own judgement, but I do hope that there isn’t a sequel. The reason for that is because it doesn’t really need one. This stand alone film is just fine the way it is. DEADLY VIRTUES will premiere in April at the Imagine Film Festival.

Distributor: Not available at time of review.

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: Unrated

 

– SuicideFoxx

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