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Genre: Thriller/Crime
Starring: Cole Hauser, James Cromwell, Laurence Fishburne, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jon Cryer, James Denton, Kevin Pollack
Director: Nolan H. Lebovitz
Rating: NC-16 (Some Violence & Coarse Language)
Year Made: 2008




- Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
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Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Spanish
Thai/Chinese/Korean/ French
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 37 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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Deep undercover in a brutal criminal organization, FBI agent Kevin Cole (Cole Hauser) must use extreme methods to prove himself. Ordered by the mysterious crime boss Ziggy to track down stolen millions, Cole gets to work on the mob's accountant (Laurence Fishburne). But as he starts turning the screws, the mind games begin. Now who's controlling who? Enter the ruthless world of organized crime, where you're only as good as your last lie.


Lest you think Tortured is one more in the line of torture-porn flicks such as Saw or Hostel, let me reassure you that it is not.

Not to say, that there aren’t any scenes of physical torture. Indeed, there are, and they are of one mob accountant Archie Green. Laurence Fishburne plays Archie Green, and it may at first seem puzzling why The Matrix’s Morpheus would lower himself to play the victim in a low-budget B-grade actioner. But don’t worry, after having his fingernails and toenails plucked out, and salt poured over his wounds, Archie Green will at the end have his comeuppance.

More than the physical torture is the mental torture exerted on FBI agent Kevin Cole (played by Cole Hauser). Doggedly going undercover in a brutal criminal organisation headed by a certain Ziggy, Kevin Cole is assigned the task of torturing Archie Green to retrieve Ziggy’s stolen US$10 million. His conscience is quite literally tortured, as he has to resist Archie’s pleas of innocence and mercy for him to return to his wife and daughter.

It is not easy being an undercover agent, as the movie Infernal Affairs would have taught you by now. And Kevin Cole is another such example, his relationship with long-time girlfriend Becky (Emmanuelle Chriqui) strained to breaking point by the secrets of his job.

Yes, Tortured actually does have some interesting ideas. It explores not just the pain of the person being tortured, but also the agony of the torturer, his conscience wracked from his inhumane deeds. Pity however that writer Nolan Lebovitz is a better writer than director, so the impact of his ideas is somewhat lost through the sluggish pacing of the film.

He has however surprisingly managed to assemble quite the ensemble cast. The underrated Cole Hauser puts in a nice performance as Kevin Cole, and Laurence Fishburne is as always a powerful actor (especially in the final act). Rounding it up is Academy-Award winner James Cromwell, who plays Kevin’s father, himself entwined with the history of Ziggy’s operations.

There is of course a certain degree of implausibility in the story, especially when we are supposed to believe that Kevin can so easily switch between his double lives. Nevertheless, Tortured is more than watchable for a direct to DVD movie, aided in no small measure by its talented cast. Hey, at least it’s not a torture sitting through it.


A standard making of documentary with the director and the cast of the movie that is only fairly interesting.


Picture quality is good. Though the English and Thai language tracks are available in Dolby 5.1, there isn’t much in the movie itself to make it a particularly enjoyable audio experience.



Review by Gabriel Chong


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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