Friday, July 3, 2015

RECKLESS (Artsploitation DVD)

Sometime Artsploitation does Horror. Sometimes Artsploitation does surreal, dark art pictures and sometimes they find movies that are perfect thrillers with evil people doing evil things in complex situations. That’s what we have in their new release Reckless. It’s a kidnap and ransom picture with twists and turns and perfect tension. This is a Dutch production that is based on the 2009 British film directed by J Blakeson, The Disappearance of Alice Creed. While I have not seen the 2009 film, this 2015 release is pretty damn good hitting all the right triggers from sexual drama to bits of dark comedy to madness.

Joram Lürsen gets the maximum performance possible out of three skilled actors who play off each other very well. There are moments of suspense that will have you yelling at the screen and others that will make you gasp as the plot unfolds, smart characters act like amateur morons and victims fight back. Each of our three stars exceeds at creating emotional characters who are each lovable and completely hatable at the same time. Consider Reckless an emotional yo-yo of a picture. Reckless uses sex to rev up your heart and then creates jarring scenes of violence to shock you. Think of this picture as salty and sweet.

The disc does not contain extras and is in Dutch with English subtitles. It’s also a DVD only release. Joram Lürsen is an award winning director who has done television work and other features films, but this is the first time I’ve come across his name. I think it’s a strong effort and hopefully we get to see more from him and more from his cast that performed so well.

From Artsploitation:

Everyone’s heard of inferior American remakes of European films, but this is a real twist: a superior European (Dutch) remake of an English-language (British) film that even improves on the original! RECKLESS [Bloedlink] is a riveting retelling of a story first explored in the 2009 thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed, but director Joram Lürsen’s new version is even more stylish, sexually charged, and tightly wound than its source of inspiration. Laura Temming wakes up to find herself bound to a bed in a sound-insulated vacant apartment. Two masked men strip the clothes from her body, place her in a track suit, and take photos that will be used to obtain ransom money from Laura’s wealthy father. As the clock ticks, Laura discovers that she may have a relationship with one of the kidnappers that she never expected…and that the two men may have a relationship with each other that no one could have expected. With more twists than one could imagine, RECKLESS is ingeniously seductive.

Order Reckless from Artsploitation now.

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