This is excessively dull, but the impressive and sufficiently horrific practical effects and the beautiful production design make this worth a watch. It looks far more expensive than it actually is.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
For whatever reason, perhaps due to the title, the reputation, and the famous "failure to communicate" quote, I was expecting a fun, lighthearted film. I wasn't expecting what I got, which was a rather grim exploration into torture, prisons, abuse of power dynamics, and the complete dismantling of a man's spirit, masculinity, and humanity.
This was honestly a pleasant surprise to me, as I felt that the dissolution of Luke's character from cocky, nonconformist cool kid to simpering, broken husk…
As a Blu-ray enthusiast, cinephile, and BluTube viewer, I was excited to check this out, hoping to get a more polished version of the videos I already enjoy and a manifesto for physical media and film preservation at large. Instead, I got two hours of (almost all) white dudes endlessly bloviating about their collections and grasping for half baked justifications for why they have sunk so much time and money into them. The severe dearth of seemingly any sort of…