The night before a woman gives birth to her child is an exciting and nerve wrecking time. Now imagine, if someone broke into your house and was trying to steal the baby from your womb. Inside tackles this fear head on.
Starring: Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover
“I want to play a game.”
Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Saw ripped it’s way into theaters? 10 years. Does it still stand the test of time? Or has it lost it’s power after seven films in a franchise that grew tired and dull?
Every culture around the world has their own set of horror standards, and some of the craziest, gnarliest, and most disturbing horror films come from Asia, and today we’ll be looking at one from Japan, and this one has quite the reputation, and for a very good reason. When a widower expresses his loneliness to a friend who happens to be a film producer, his friend decides to hold a fake movie audition to try and find possible women for him to marry. When one young woman seems to be the perfect match, he comes to realize that there may be more to this woman than he thinks, and sometimes these mistakes can be deadly.
What Worked: Let’s start out with the look of the film and boy, this film is absolutely gorgeous. The cinematography is tense and well thought out, from dimly lit rooms to public spaces, every scene is constructed well. The story is also well told and shifts from a mystery at the beginning to a full blown horror extravaganza. There’s something intriguing about this young woman, where did she come from? Why is she interested in our protagonist? She’s beautiful, and he becomes quickly enamored with her, and she with him. Sounds like the perfect love story, but this is the twisted beginning of it, there’s something not quite right about this love story, and also something discomforting about the man’s definition of a perfect love partner, and the person he thinks will fulfill his desires.
Once horror mode kicks in, this movie hits you like a sucker punch to the gut. If you have any trouble stomaching torture, than you probably should avoid this movie if all possible. This gets brutal, and not the american standard of brutal with lots of blood flying everywhere at the hands of a masked murderer, but this woman has a intricate way of getting what she wants, and I can promise you, that it’s not pretty. There are scenes in this film that are impossible to forget, and the performance of the woman (Played by Asami Yamazaki) should definitely go down as one of the most messed up (and absolutely amazing) horror film performances in recent years.
What Doesn’t Work: In order for the film to be immensely effective, it dives past one of the most important parts of having a character in trouble…you have to care about them in the first place. While he may be a widower, our protagonist doesn’t give us much else to work with to feel sorry about him, sure he has a troubled relationship with his son, but he’s very cold and indifferent to him in my opinion. So when this woman starts coming after him, it’s horrible, absolutely, but it could have been a lot more heart wrenching if the man in question had a bit more character to him.
This is a very violent and provocative piece, and one of the major critiques that a lot of audience members feel towards Audition, is whether or not the violence in the film has a real meaning to it, or if it’s only there for the sake of being provocative. This isn’t necessarily a negative, but more of a item of discussion, this may or may not effect your viewing experience if you share this mind set towards on screen torture.
While it may be difficult to identify yourself with the protagonist and his strange ways of meeting women, it’s hard to ignore the intensity and pure ferocity that Audition provides, if you can stomach the horrific torture and the insanely graphic and quite creepy scenes throughout the film, you may find yourself becoming grotesquely fascinated with this bizarre love tale…if you want to call it love that is. Auditiongets a 8.5 out of 10.