Friday, September 5, 2014

Devoured (Gravitas Ventures) Review - Revenging the Slowburn

Talk about a slow burn, psychological pot stirrer. Devoured from Gravitas Ventures was a difficult watching paying perhaps too much care in developing a rather obvious lead character. The problem is that you get it from the first awkward moment. I suppose the intent was to drive home the feeling of helpless, sexually assaulted and demeaned abandoned that the protagonist rams down your throat (no pun intended for those of you who have seen this picture).

Devoured is a bleak, quiet movie but visceral and well shot. It looks great. You can feel it. I mean really get inside the lead and the location, but damn if it doesn't take forever to make its simple point and turn into, simply put, a revenge picture. The end is captivating and perfect, and for that I would recommend you stick with the movie even if your eye lids are getting heavy. There is violence I can assure you and it is well worth it (not a gore fest though).

I suppose some might interpret the slowness as tension building, and if you feel tension easily or have an over developed sense of suspense than you might be a prime candidate to love Devoured.

Devoured is on VOD now.

SYNOPSIS from Gravitas Ventures:

Immigrant mother (Marta Milans, Killer Women, Mala Hierba) works as a cleaning woman at an old New York City restaurant in order to make enough money to pay for her sick son’s operation. With no friends or family, she lives a lonely, desperate existence, saving every penny and sending it home for her son. As his condition worsens malevolent forces living within the walls of the restaurant begin to torment her. She struggles to escape, and return to her son before the evil within the dark walls drives her completely mad.

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