Steven Shainberg (2016)

15 Certificate


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A hauntingly committed performance by Noomi Rapace dominates the screen here as director Steven Shainberg adds another peculiarity to his resume that also includes S&M love story Secretary (2002) and Fur: an Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006). You may forgive him if he sometimes overreaches with this surreal dive into body horror sci-fi where a single mother (Rapace) is systematically exposed to her worst fears after being kidnapped by a mysterious organisation. She is held in a sinister medical facility where the aim is, not to frighten her to death, but to scare her beyond it for a rather surprising biological purpose. However, she is more resourceful than they expect in a spooky shocker that makes the most of its prowling camerawork and limited special effects to create intensity and a suffocating atmosphere, as the doggedly determined heroine struggles to comprehend her grim situation and escape. The explanation of her plight - involving a theory of evolution - is a little confused and doesn't quite live up to the absorbingly forceful journey before it, yet the film is intriguing and different enough to earn its stripes in the transformation genre.


A divorced single mother is kidnapped and kept for experimentation by a group of sinister scientists. Sci-fi horror-thriller, starring Noomi Rapace, Peter Stormare and Kerry Bishé.

Cast & Crew

Renee Noomi Rapace
Terrence Peter Stormare
Dianne Kerry Bishé
"The Bald Man" Michael Chiklis
Dr Nyman Lesley Manville
Dr Raxlen Ari Millen
Colette Jean Yoon
Evan Percy Hynes White
Tommy Morgan Kelly
Director Steven Shainberg
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Signature EntertainmentAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 4 Nov 2016