Well this one makes it hard it watch at times.
Torture Room (2007)
Directed By: Eric Forsberg (Sex Pot)
Torture Room AKA Pledge of Allegiance is a film that goes out of it’s way to paint a very dark and disturbing picture of some of America’s methods of fighting against terrorism. So is this really how it is? I’m not sure. I mean I’ve heard some things, we ALL have, but we’ve also all heard that little green men kidnap people and stick metal sticks up their backsides so who’s to say for sure? But taking this film at just face value without getting into all of that is the best way to take a film like Torture Room.
A young American woman with a history of Arab boyfriends is targeted by homeland security, accosted, dragged in for questioning and held as a prisoner in a secret facility where she is tortured and brainwashed, all under the jurisdiction of the Patriot Act.
This film at times can be a hard one to watch, perhaps I’d go as far as to say that some of what you see on screen can be stomach turning. But what would you think you’d see from a film that borrows from such films as A Clockwork Orange and Hostel? Which just typing those together seems weird to just imagine how this film comes across.
Credit does need to be given where credit is do, something like this wouldn’t have worked at all if it wasn’t for the acting of Lena Bookall, the lady getting brainwashed. Sure at times you could maybe say what she is saying might come across is just a bit forced but when the crazy stuff is going down you really believe this woman is going through it and going crazy right along with it. Not just anyone could do that and do it well.
The director says this movie is a message about our abuse of human rights. No matter if you agree with his way of thinking or not I think you can agree he’s at least made his point and the film does suck you right in. Which to be honest when it first started I didn’t think that would happen but I did for once turn out to be wrong as the movie rolled along. So don’t turn away too fast when watching this one. It does get better, but depending on if you stick around to watch the whole thing may depend on your idea of “better”.
But at the end of the day there isn’t a whole lot to say about the film. A woman is taken and tortured in various ways for the length of the film. Some ways are physical, some ways are mental. You watch as they tear this one apart emotionally and mentally just to build her back up in the way they want her. It’s not easy to watch at times but it may be worth seeing if you are into that stuff.
So we got ourselves a torture porn film for more or less. Not for everyone, probably won’t even be for most people but if you are into stuff like Hostel then you might get some fun of watching it..If fun can actually be had watching something like this.
Worth a rent..maybe.
The Rating (6/10)