Hey there! So, it sounds like this movie follows the story of an American model who goes through some really terrible experiences. The script by Thomas Fenton and Neil Elman seems solid, and the change in settings from New York to Europe adds an element of danger to Katie’s journey. Although, it’s a bit of a bummer that the whole European angle has been done quite a bit before.
The movie seems to take inspiration from films like Hostel 2, Saw, and the 1978 classic I Spit on Your Grave, as well as its 2010 remake. Director Steven R. Monroe continues the trend of making a film that’s intense, maybe even a little too intense, and could be seen as bordering on exploitation. But hey, at least it feels more realistic compared to other movies in the same genre. And it’s cool that the cop and the priest add some unexpected surprises to the story.
Jemma Dallender does a fantastic job as Katie, giving a great performance. However, it seems like her character might not be as compelling as Sarah Butler’s Jennifer Hills from the previous film. The supporting cast, including Mary Stockley, Joe Absolom, and Valentine Pelka, also deliver excellent performances.
The movie seems to have two distinct halves: the first being the horrifying abuse that Katie endures, and the second being her seeking revenge on her captors. Monroe’s direction makes the film visually appealing, with slick cinematography by Damian Bromley and an unnerving score by Corey A. Jackson.
It’s interesting to note that this movie touches on pro-woman and feminist themes, much like the 1978 version did. However, it seems like this offering falls a bit short and doesn’t have as much to say as its predecessors.
Overall, Monroe’s film is commendable and definitely not just some run-of-the-mill DVD release.