Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sublime (2007)

Sublime (USA, 2007) - Color, Director(s): Tony Krantz
MPAA Rating: R
Approx. 113 min.

Z-rating: 6 out of 10 stars for a disturbing concept

A man (Tom Cavanagh, who also plays JD's brother from the TV show Scrubs) goes to the hospital for a routine colonoscopy but wakes up in a strange room where he's being kept against his will. A strange mix-up causes him to receive an unnecessary surgery and now must stay for observation as a result of the operation. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington from Welcome Back, Kotter) gives a frightening performance as Mandingo, a strange orderly wearing glasses and a red bow tie that replaces the drugs in his IV every night. (Oh, and sometimes kills patients by crushing their rib cages while they're immobilized in bed) He demands to be released and see his family but his requests were denied as they continued to hold him and give him more seemingly unnecessary operations. As things start getting stranger and more outlandish, he begins to realize that what he's trapped in is his own nightmares after someone botches his operation. What I liked about this film is that it shows the situation from both the perspective of the patient as well as his family. This film also marks the second direct-to-video release from Raw Feed.

Nudity: There's a scene in his "dreams" where the nurse blames herself for putting him there and offers her body for consolation. We get to see a side shot of her tits as she rides him, revealing the tattoo on her back that you see on the cover.

Gore: There isn't a lot of gore in this film but there is one extremely cringe-inducing scene involving a pair of pruning shears and this guy's hand.

Awesome: This movie had an interesting concept but felt like it was trying to push a message or some hidden agenda. Regardless, the reason I was recommending this film is because I know there are people out there who are afraid of hospitals, don't trust nurses and doctors, and are probably afraid of surgery. This film covers all of that and gets pretty tense and paranoid at times. Although I enjoyed the movie, there were parts where the story got a little confusing for me. Also, I think it kinda fell apart towards the end for me. Hence the lower score but definitely not a bad movie by any means.
[Interesting tidbit: Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs can be seen in his "Mandingo" costume working as an orderly in the film Otis, which shares director Tony Krantz)