Vile (2011) lives up to it’s name. A group of friends on a road trip pick up a hitchhiker, who then thanks them with a spray of knockout gas to the face. When the group wakes up they’re in a room with a few more people. They each have a vial screwed in to the base of their skull. A video plays of a woman telling them they need to cause each other immense pain. The people responsible use the chemicals from the brain’s response to pain in some kind of drug. So what follows is a choice, comply or die. Some are against it, one of the women not with the original group is a bit too happy to comply. There is no short cut, if they try to take out the implant, they die.
It’s a little bit of Saw, mixed with a little bit of Hostel, a very interesting concept. One by one each person takes turn enduring immense pain in order to fill the vial, and hope to get the count to one hundred percent so they can get out. There definitely some “vile” scenes as the people have to torture themselves. They pull finger nails, break collar bones, and burn themselves along the way. The woman who was so ready to comply isn’t as eager when it’s her turn.
Fans of Teen Titans, and the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series on Nickelodeon will recognize the voice of Beast boy, and Michelangelo Greg Cipes. This was a pleasant surprise. A movie I had never heard of turned out to be pretty good. It’s an intense, emotional ride worth of 4 out of 5 stars. If you want to see for yourself, it’s streaming now on netflix.