Let me premise this rant by saying I chose to watch this on DVD because I knew there would be several scenes I would be unable to watch. Keep in mind this is coming from a chick who laughed heartily at The Human Centipede and was actually a little bored by Martyrs, I’m no wimp. This will be probably be more ranting than reviewing, you’ve been warned.
First off I had a sneaking suspicion this was going to be one of those where misogyny was on display at its best, but I also thought by today’s standards and with creativity — I know Hollywood might still have deep inside somewhere, we could do away with or at least turn down the volume on the rape scenes. But, alas, I was disappointed.
The plot pretty much stayed in line with the original. A young unaccompanied woman goes to a cabin somewhere rural to write her second novel and she is targeted and attacked by a group of unsavory men. The men basically torture, humiliate and rape her for some sort of misguided pleasure. Perhaps they are bored, I don’t know. I’m not sure what took place during those scenes because I walked away until I heard the coast was clear. As a woman, it’s both painful to see and hear another woman being abused or degraded in any way and in this day and age I’ll take it a step further and say — unnecessary. These scenes went on far too long and there were several HIGHLY unwarranted lingering shots, in my opinion. And, since this is my site, it’s the only one that counts right now. Sometimes, I wonder why the viewers are being forced to peer at this woman. What purpose does this serve? Because if you are aroused at anyway, seek treatment my friend. And let’s not gloss over the abuse towards the mentally challenged kid. I’ll just leave that one alone.
Now let’s skip to the second act of the film, the one where I will almost certainly hear arguments about how this film is about female empowerment and revenge. The second act is supposed to make all the girls cheer with glee because she’ll be avenged and show these awful men a thing or two. Yeah, she gets revenge for sure, in some very creative ways, but is it equal? Honestly, she had been through so much the revenge didn’t move me that much. Horrific yes, but even I’m not so sure. The female character now is forever damaged, but I guess through a hell of lot of therapy she can move on. I guess because honestly it’s certainly more likely (unfortunately) a women will be gang raped and left for dead, than for her to be picking off her perpetrators one by one horror movie style. Just saying.
I guess as far as horror goes this qualifies on some effed up level. It’s not a poorly done or poorly acted, so if you have the heart for it I guess it’s a See It! If you have a hard time and are struggling with finding a point to films like these, then keep it moving and by-pass it. I personally can never figure out why films like these actually get made and why we are propelled to see them. I Spit on Your Grave is currently on DVD.
This is why I should have stuck to my guns and not watched this one. Ok, off my soapbox! Bring me some bleach, I need to wash my brain out.
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