Thursday, March 31, 2011

REVIEW: I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

I Spit On Your Grave (USA, 2010) - Color, Director(s): Steven R. Monroe
MPAA Rating: UR
[UK: 18 (cut)]
Approx. 107 min.

Z-rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars for depraved sexual violence.

B-factor: 2 out of 5 stars for some noticeably bad CGI on some crows towards the end.

This film is a remake of an exploitation classic known for its brutal rape scene and grisly scenes of torture in the revenge that followed. This is another one of those "woman scorned" films where some poor girl is put through hell but comes back way harder and gets her revenge in the worst way possible. The thing is, when you remake an exploitation flick, you get.... an exploitation flick. Nobody is watching this remake, or the original, for its intricate plot or substance in its storyline. They probably just want to see a girl get raped and then see her exact bloody revenge on the bastards responsible. In that sense, this movie delivers the "goods" in spades.

A writer goes out to the country for a little isolation so that she can focus on her work. Unfortunately, during a gas stop, she attracts the attention of a few yokels that make a few passes at her but are promptly brushed off. They eventually find out where she's staying and start stalking her, watching her through the window with a video camera, before finally breaking in one night. These good ol' boys came to get them a piece of the city gal but accidentally let her slip away during their little game of cat-and-mouse. She makes a daring escape before running into the local sheriff who goes back to the house with her to check the situation out. The sheriff may not be as helpful as he seems and before long, the boys are back in the house and they've got her surrounded. She's stripped of her clothes and viciously raped but before they get a chance to dispose of her, she jumps in the river. They check for her body every day until she presumed dead. Everything seems to have blown over until people start asking questions about her after not hearing from her for over a month. The gang tries desperately to tie up all the loose ends but while they're all busy scrambling about... someone is back for a little revenge...

Nudity: A girl gets raped, so she's completely naked at one point. This kind of nudity is hot only because you know it's just a movie. If it was actual footage, then that would be a different story.

Gore: Ahh, sweet revenge. Nothing like satisfying brutal, gruesome, and bloody revenge... and this movie delivers that and more. The only problem is, even though the violence was disturbing and the atmosphere uncomfortable, the gore wasn't explicit. So while there was a castration scene, it isn't explicitly shown. You hear the snipping sound and see the resulting puddles of blood pooling at his feet. The penis itself is shown severed as she shoves it in his mouth and makes him blow himself!!! (LOL)  The best death was probably the guy hanging over the bathtub full of lye. The most cringe worthy moment, aside from the rape scene if you're a girl, is the part where she pulls out some teeth with a pair of pliers. (ouch!)

Awesome: Very. The very beautiful Sarah Butler is an absolute pleasure to watch. She makes you feel sorry for her which, when she gets raped, really helps you care that something bad is happening to her character. I'm not sure what it was about this movie, perhaps it was the fact that they were trying to make a "real" movie by remaking an old exploitation film, but I just couldn't feel too bad for the girl. The original I Spit looks like it could be old footage of someone getting raped and then killing her rapists in gruesome ways. The new movie has good editing that reminds you that you're watching a movie, so it's hard to feel bad for the girl. Instead, it just becomes a "waiting game" since the famous rape scene is coming. When you finally see it happen, you get the satisfaction of seeing her naked followed by the even more satisfying revenge that follows. So watch it for whatever reason you want to see it for, but just know what you're getting into. Highly recommended for fans of the original, Eden Lake, or Storm Warning.