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Based on a horrifying true story, "Broken is a dark, vicious little movie that gets under your skin" (EatMyBrains.com). When a woman is taken captive by a sadistic madman, she survives a series of gruesome tortures only to become his twisted slave. "Unusual, cruel, captivating and startlingly memorable" (HorrorView.com), Broken is a relentlessly brutal film whose creepy yet realistic depravity "takes modern horror movies to a whole new level" (SlasherPool.com).

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Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 205591962
UPC 796019805681
UPC 14 00796019805681
Format DVD
Release Date 2/5/2008
Rating UR
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Brand,Nadja
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Abbey Stirling - Actor
Adam Mason - Director
Adam Mason - Writer
Adam Mason - Editor
Atesh Salih - Actor
Emma Holand, et. al. - Original Music By
Eric Colvin - Actor
Eric M. Breiman - Executive Producer
Erik Wilson - Cinematographer
Nadja Brand - Producer
Nadja Brand - Actor
Neil Jenkins - Production Designer
Simon Boyes - Editor
Simon Boyes - Writer
Simon Boyes - Director
Reviews
ReviewSource Dread Central
Review Survival horror seems to be the hip new thing right now, thanks in no small part to the success of movies like Saw, so it's no surprise that this new trend managed to find its way across the pond and into the hands of some very disturbed Englishmen. What is surprising, however, is how they manage to take such a simplistic premise and keep it running smoothly over the course of a full-length running time, which says a lot for the skill with which Broken was made...it manages to place an entire movie in one central location, a location which happens to be outdoors no less, and feature characters who almost never speak. Most of the time indie films feel the need to show just how much like a major they can make their film look with their meager budget, but Broken glorifies in its small scale and even smaller cast...Aside from the opening scenes there's surprisingly little bloodshed as the torture turns psychological rather than physical, with some painful exceptions, when Hope becomes The Man's slave. The final bit of violence between the two is especially vicious, I should add...Despite some minor technical and logical flaws, Broken still managed to be a testament to what can be accomplished with a sick imagination and a lot of patience.
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ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Variety
Review Supposedly based on a true story, "Broken" is a brutal, effective tale of a woman taken captive by a cruel survivalist woodsman. Latest low-budget feature from enterprising Brit indie-horror multihyphenate Adam Mason -- here sharing major duties with first-time helmer Simon Boyes -- manages to sidestep most expected exploitation angles, going instead for a grim realism almost as punishing to watch as it is painful for the trapped protag...Sticking resolutely to the victims' p.o.v., pic further sidesteps the usual genre misogyny and sexploitation by casting as lead not a babe but a thesp (Mason regular Nadja Brand) whose average pushing-40 looks make Hope a sympathetic Everywoman reacting credibly to extreme situations...All perfs are strong, pacing and tech contribs ditto; very atmospheric lensing of the Cambridgeshire forest environ helps avoid potential tedium of the single-minded, single-location narrative. Only the last nasty jolt and use of a glowering Nick Cave song ("Deep in the Woods") over closing credits come off as standard horror-flick hyperbole.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Dennis Harvey
ReviewRating 8
Features
Unrated, DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Brand,Nadja
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Brain Enema Cinema It goes a lot deeper [than Saw] in exploring the will to live and what drives a person to survive...I really enjoyed it.
Movies for Guys A note on Nadja Brand...she's excellent! Her performance was spot on, no complaints at all.
SlasherPool.com ...makes Saw look like a children's film!
The Horror Review ...a lot more intelligence behind it [than Saw or Hostel]...a breath of fresh air in horror.
The Video Graveyard ...a movie that creeps under your skin and has way more going on underneath the surface than you might expect...

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