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Friday, December 28, 2012
Killing Those Who Want To Die
Six people wake up in three cells, two in each. A guy (John Pyper-Ferguson) shows up once in a while to take two people out. They are tested in a way. One person is strapped down, while the other person has to role a die in order to see what the outcome will be. This is life and death for them. They all have something in common, but they don't realize this at first. There is Lisa (Emily Hampshire), a gambler who can't seem to win. Mark (Elias Kostas) is a cop about ready to retire. Robert (Fabio Fulco), a millionaire philanthropist. Zach (Karl Pruner), a psychiatrist. Melody (Katie Boland), a teenager battling drug addiction, and other things. And there is also Diane (Patricia McKenzie), a nurse who is struggling with the loss of her daughter.
Die often gets referred to as the poor man's Saw. While I see their point, I also feel that Die is different enough to stand on its own. Saw is all about seeing what extremes a person will go through in order to save themselves, and of course the gore that goes with it. Die takes people, and I hate to say this since I don't want to spoil things, who have tried to kill themselves at some point, and force them to possibly take the life of another. This is a game of chance, but the odds aren't always stacked in their favor. That was one of the problems I had really. The first time the game is played, we see a gun that can hold six shots. With the role of the die, it could have one to six bullets. The odds could be in favor of the person in this case. In another one, the odds was against the person, with just a one in six chance of staying alive. How is it fair to possibly give someone a five in six chance to stay alive, while giving the next person a one in six chance? One thing I really liked is that the person who had to role the die was confronted with the way they tried to kill themselves.
Director Dominic James split the story into three parts. The main story is what is happening with the six people who are going through the trial. There is also small back stories for each of the six. Some of these stories are a little more detailed than others, but they are provide just enough information. On top of all that we have the story of Sofia (Caterina Murino), a cop who is trying to figure out what is going on, but keeps getting road blocked. If this sounds confusing, it really isn't. Each back story is spaced out, and James lets you know when one is about to be told.
There isn't a lot of gore to be found here in Die. The story was more about what each person was going through, in the now and before. The biggest effect was probably seeing someone get shot in the head. The acting was pretty good. I thought that Emily Hampshire, Elias Kostas and Katie Boland was the best of the bunch. Not that anyone was bad really, I just happened to like them the best. I was a little surprised to see some nudity by Hampshire and Boland. There isn't a lot by either one, but it still surprised me some.
While I didn't find Die as interesting as the Saw films, some of them anyway, I didn't find it to be a bad film. While I noticed that the two films were somewhat similar, I didn't sit there complaining it was a Saw ripoff the entire time I was watching it. I didn't find it to be a great film, but if you give it a shot on its own, and not worry about comparing it to the Saw films, you should enjoy it. For a film that is on instant watch, it isn't a bad film to give it a try. It can be thoughtful film at times, but I wouldn't expect anything life changing from it, not like it is for the characters anyway.
3 out of 5 Didn't get what was supposed to be unrated about it